May 1, 2009

The politician's wife speaks


Elizabeth and John Edwards

Elizabeth and John Edwards

A new book by former presidential candidate John Edwards‘ terminally-ill wife, Elizabeth Edwards, tells the story she wouldn’t tell when her husband was caught having an affair with his videographer. In fact, according to a report in the New York Daily News by Celeste Katz, the book — Resilience, coming out on May 12 from Broadway Books — dishes considerable dirt, and reveals considerable anger. You can read the sordid details here if you’re so inclined. If you’re not, here’s the takeaway that’s not so sordid: Why did she put up with it, pretend to be the happy politician’s wife, stay with him in the end? Quoting the book: “I lie in bed, circles under my eyes, my sparse hair sticking in too many directions, and he looks at me as if I am the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. It matters.”

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House. Follow him on Twitter at @mobylives