Losing the Garden (Hardcover)

The Story of a Marriage

By Laura Waterman

Counterpoint LLC, 9781593760489, 275pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2005

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/18/2006)

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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 book "Into 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.