Carole Radziwill was the wife of Anthony Radziwill, JFK Jr’s cousin. Her book, What Remains A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love, is a heartbreaking tale of her life and the losses she experienced and endured.
Her husband Anthony had cancer on and off for 5 years and she chronicles their life in and out of the hospital. It is so well written and you really feel for her and her struggles. Carole is so honest about her feelings towards cancer and how hard it was to go through it. She goes over everything, including the doctors visits, the dialysis, the research she did, and the meetings with cancer experts.
I also really enjoyed getting an intimate look into the friendship she and her husband shared with John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette. They were so close and shared everything together, including vacations and hospital visits. They were often at the hospitals with the Radziwills for morale support. It is so nice to have a picture painted of what that couple was really like, straight from their family versus the tabloids and other unverified sources.
The book also goes over Carole’s career as a journalist and how she and Anthony met and fell in love. She grew up in a small town as the girl next door and went on to marry a Prince. History would occasionally pop up into their lives and I love the way she portrayed it and talked about it. For example, Anthony was JFK’s godson and he had a rocking chair that was once the President’s, that was in the oval office. That rocking chair sat in his apartment. They led normal lives but every once in a while something would come up that had to do with Anthony’s family and all that came with it.
If you are unfamiliar with this family and what happened, I won’t spoil it for you. But I will say that Carole Radziwill is a fantastic writer and has a new fan in me.
I read a lot of books and this is the first one that made me cry. It will break your heart.