From New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Henderson comes a turbulent love story meets harrowing medical mystery: the true story of the author's twenty-year marriage defined by her husband's chronic illness--and a testament to the endurance of love
Eleanor met Aaron when she was just a teenager and he was working at a local record stored--older, experienced, and irresistibly charming. Escaping the clichés of fleeting young love, their summer romance bloomed into a relationship that survived college and culminated in a marriage and two children. From the outside looking in, their life had all the trappings of what most would consider a success story.
But, as in any marriage, things weren't always as they seemed. On top of the typical stresses of parenting, money, and work, there were the untended wounds of depression, addiction, and childhood trauma. And then one day, out of nowhere: a rash appeared on Aaron's arms. Soon, it had morphed into painful lesions covering his body. Eleanor was as baffled as the doctors. There was no obvious diagnosis, let alone a cure. And as years passed and the lesions gave way to Aaron's increasingly disturbed concerns about the source of his sickness, the husband she loved seemed to unravel before her eyes. A new fissure ruptured in their marriage, and new questions piled onto old ones: Where does physical illness end and mental illness begin? Where does one person end and another begin? And how do we exist alongside someone else's suffering?
Emotional, intimate, and at times agonizing, Everything I Have Is Yours
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.
About the Author
Eleanor Henderson is the author of The Twelve-Mile Straight and The New York Times bestseller Ten Thousand Saints, which was also a finalist for the Award for First Fiction from The Los Angeles Times. Her writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Poets & Writers, and The Best American Short Stories. An associate professor at Ithaca College, she lives in Ithaca, New York, with her husband and two sons