Losing the Garden

Losing the Garden

The Story of A Marriage

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
In addition to recalling nearly three decades of living austerely in a cabin in Vermont, the author examines her thoughts regarding her husband's suicide, and attempts to come to terms with her marriage, family, and life choices.

Perseus Publishing
In 1971 Laura and Guy Waterman decided to give up all the conveniences of life and homesteadliving on the land in a cabin in the mountains of Vermont. For nearly three decades they ate food they grew themselves, and used no running water or electricity. It was an extreme that most of us can only imagine sustaining for a week or two. The end of their marriage came on February 6, 2000 when Guy climbed to the summit of Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and sat down among the rocks to die. Losing the Garden is the memoir of a woman who was compelled to ask herself How could I stand by and watch my husband commit suicide?” It is an intimate examination of intricate and dark family histories and of a marriage that tried to transcend them. Laura’s father was a pre-eminent scholar whose brilliance was muddied by alcoholism. Guy Waterman lost two of his sons. In Losing the Garden, Laura Waterman comes to terms with her husband’s depression and his complex nature. Her account of her marriage, seen as idyllic, but riddled from within, is nonetheless a love story, and an affirmation of life after loss.

In 1971 Laura and Guy Waterman decided to homestead in a cabin in the mountains of Vermont. For nearly three decades they created a deliberate life using no running water or electricity. It was an extreme that most of us can only imagine sustaining for a week or two.

The end of their marriage came on a frigid day, February 6, 2000 when Guy climbed to the summit of Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and sat down among the rocks to die. Losing the Garden is the memoir of a woman who was compelled to ask herself "How could I support my husband's plan to commit suicide?" It is an intimate examination of dark family histories and a marriage that tried to transcend them.

Laura’s father was the pre-eminent scholar of Emily Dickinson, Thomas H. Johnson, whose brilliance was muddied by alcoholism. Guy Waterman lost two sons (one son was a subject of Jon Krakauer’s bestselling bookInto the Wild). Finally, Laura Waterman comes to terms with her husband’s long depression and his complex nature. Her awakening and affirmation of life after loss is a love story, a portrait of an intense and unusual marriage.


Blackwell North Amer
In 1971 Laura and Guy Waterman decided to give up all the conveniences of life and homestead - living on the land, for the land - in a cabin in the mountains of Vermont. For Nearly three decades they created a deliberate life, eating food they grew themselves, using no running water or electricity. It was an extreme that most of us can only imagine sustaining for a week or two.
The end of their marriage came on a frigid day, February 6, 2000, when Guy climbed to the summit of Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire's White Mountains and sat down among the rocks to die. Losing the Garden is the memoir of a woman who was compelled to ask herself "How could I support my husband's plan to commit suicide?" It is an intimate examination of intricate and dark family histories and a marriage that tried to transcend them.
In Losing the Garden, Laura Waterman comes to terms with her husband's long depression and the complex nature of a gifted, humorous man who was driven by obsession, self-absorption, and a strange lack of confidence. Her account of her own marriage, seen as idyllic but riddled from within, is nonetheless a love story, a portrait of an intense and unusual marriage, and an affirmation of life after loss.

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The author recalls her three decades of life living in a cabin in Vermont, which ended with her husband's suicide, all the while attempting to understand her marriage, her family, and her life choices.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Shoemaker & Hoard, 2004
ISBN: 9781593760489
1593760485
Characteristics: 275p. : ill

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