What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love (Paperback)

A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love

By Carole Radziwill

Scribner Book Company, 9780743277181, 264pp.

Publication Date: June 5, 2007



A stunning, tragic memoir about John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bissett, and his cousin Anthony Radziwill, by Radziwill's widow, now a star of The Real Housewives of New York.

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. Carole grew up in a small suburb with a large, eccentric cast of characters. At nineteen, she 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, and 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 F. Kennedy Jr., Anthony's cousin, and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Carole's closest friend. Three weeks later Anthony dies of cancer. With unflinching honesty and a journalist's keen eye, Carole Radziwill explores the enduring ties of family, the complexities of marriage, the importance of friendship, and the challenges of self-invention. Beautifully written, What Remains "gets at the essence of what matters," wrote Oprah Winfrey. "Friendship, compassion, destiny.

Praise For What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love

"A riveting and heartbreaking journey beyond the fairy tale, told with...the searing eloquence of a gifted writer."

-- Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle

"A small masterpiece...devastating and beautifully written."

-- New York Post

"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, CNN chief international correspondent