First Comes Love

First Comes Love

  A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

   When Marion Winik fell in love with Tony Heubach during a wild Mardi Gras in New Orleans, her friends shook their heads.  For starters, she was straight and he was gay.  But Marion and Tony's impossible love turned out to be true enough to produce a marriage and two beautiful sons, true enough to weather drug addiction, sexual betrayal, and the AIDS that would kill Tony at the age of thirty-seven, twelve years after they met. 
   In a memoir heartbreaking and hilarious by turns, Marion Winik tells a story that is all more powerful for the way in which it defies easy judgments.  As it charts the trajectory of a marriage so impossible that it became inevitable, First Comes Love reminds us—poignantly indelibly—that every story is a special case.

Title:First Comes Love
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780679765554
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    First Comes Love Reviews

  • Susan

    I love the way Marion Winik writes. I can't get enough of the way it flows so smoothly over such rough subject matter. Her personal story is so painful and wrenching but I couldn't put the book down. ...

  • J

    What a roller coaster ride - You feel the highs, lows, anxiety, sadness, pain and love come right off the page. The story is told so well the book just glides along....

  • Karen

    Marion Winik's writing is real and raw. I laughed and cried right along with her....

  • Regina

    This book was recommended to me as a "MUST READ NOW." I read it in the course of 24 hours, in a frenzy that made my palms sweat and my head spin. The book was frustrating, tragic, triggering, and some...

  • Patricia A. Paluzzi

    I was sucked in I really enjoyed this story even when I did not expect to at the beginning. Marian is a good writer and the story is interesting and sad and human and unbelievable and thoroughly relat...

  • Stephanie

    Great voice, unbelievable story, honest and heartfelt. RIP Tony....

  • Christianne

    I read this years ago and re-read it recently. I had forgotten how wonderful it is....

  • Zia Wesley

    An extraordinary train wreck that I couldn't stop reading! She is such an insightful writer and unafraid to dig to the very bottom and reveal the things most people try to hide. Brave, fearless and ha...

  • Briana

    What happens when a straight woman and a gay man fall in love, get married, and have kids? What if, in the beginning, they’re deeply involved with heroin and then they quit, but then he doesn’t or...

  • Jyl

    Marion is the bravest writer I know of. She shares her life in such a way that will have you laughing till you cry, and then have your heart breaking for her when her heart breaks, and cheering for he...