What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love
"Carole Radziwill has written an unsparing, unsentimental and inspiring memoir. A spirited journalist with a novelist's eye for detail, she delivers a stunningly honest story about life's great joys and deepest pain." Christiane Amanpour
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What Remains is a vivid and haunting memoir about a girl
from a working-class town who becomes an award-winning
television producer and marries a prince, Anthony
Radziwill, one of a long line of Polish royals and nephew
of President John F. Kennedy. Carole Radziwill's story is
part fairy tale, part tragedy. She tells both with great
candor and wit.
Carole grew up in a small suburb with a large, eccentric
cast of characters. She spent her childhood summers with
her grandparents and an odd assortment of aunts and uncles
in their poorly plumbed A-frame on the banks of a muddy
creek in upstate New York.
At the age of nineteen, Carole struck out for New York City
to find a different life. Her career at ABC News led her to
the refugee camps of Cambodia, to a bunker in Tel Aviv, to
the scene of the Menendez murders. Her marriage led her
into the old world of European nobility and the newer world
of American aristocracy.
What Remains begins with loss and returns to loss. A small
plane plunges into the ocean, carrying John Kennedy,
Anthony's cousin, and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Carole's
closest friend. Three weeks later Anthony dies of cancer.
The summer of the plane crash, the four friends were meant
to be cherishing Anthony's last days. Instead, Carole and
Anthony mourned John and Carolyn, even as Carole planned
her husband's memorial.
Carole Radziwill has an anthropologist's sensibility and a
journalist's eye. She writes about families--their customs,
their secrets, and their tangled intimacies-- with
remarkable acuity and humanity. She explores the
complexities of marriage, the importance of friendship, and
the challenges of self-invention with unflinching honesty.
This is a compelling story of love, loss, and, ultimately,
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