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Partners in Life— Kathryn Davis & Eleanor Henderson

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Brooks Memorial Library 224 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 05301

Kathryn Davis
Aurelia, Aurelia

Kathryn Davis is the author of eight novels, including The Silk Road and Duplex. She has received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. 

Her new book is Aurelia, Aurelia a memoir. Davis won the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction in 2006 and is the senior fiction writer on the faculty of the writing program at Washington University.

Eleanor Henderson
Everything I Have Is Yours: A Marriage

Eleanor Henderson grew up in Florida and has taught in the Department of Writing at Ithaca since 2010. Her latest book is the memoir Everything I Have Is Yours: A Marriage,  which was selected for the New York Times Group Text Book Club and named a New York Times Notable Book

She is also the author of the novels The Twelve-Mile Straight and Ten Thousand Saints, which was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2011 by The New York Times, was a finalist for the Award for First Fiction from The Los Angeles Times, and was adapted into a movie starring Ethan Hawke. With the novelist Anna Solomon she is also co-editor of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers. 

She lives in Ithaca with her husband and two children.


A pair of memoirs, Aurelia, Aurelia from Kathryn Davis and Everything I Have is Yours from Eleanor Henderson explore the joy and sorrow of their marriages and lives. At the center of Davis’s book is  the death of her husband, Eric. The book unfolds as a study of their marriage, its deep joys and stinging frustrations.  

Henderson’s book, emotional, intimate, and at times agonizing, tells the story of a marriage tested by powerful forces outside both partners’ control. It’s not only a memoir of a wife’s tireless quest to heal her husband, but also one that asks just what it means to accept someone as they are.


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