Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry

By Rachel Hadas
Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Paul Dry Books

"[A] thoughtful and lucid tale of love, companionship, and heartbreaking illness." —Lydia Davis

In 2004 Rachel Hadas's husband, George Edwards, a composer and professor of music at Columbia University, was diagnosed with early-onset dementia at the age of sixty-one. Strange Relation is her account of "losing" George. Her narrative begins when George's illness can no longer be ignored, and ends in 2008 soon after his move to a dementia facility (when, after thirty years of marriage, she finds herself no longer living with her husband). Within the cloudy confines of those difficult years, years when reading and writing were an essential part of what kept her going, she "tried to keep track… tried to tell the truth."

"A piercingly honest account of life with a brilliant man as he descends into dementia." —Reeve Lindbergh


Rachel Hadas: Rachel Hadas is a poet, professor, essayist and translator. She is the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and translations. Her recent publications include The River of Forgetfulness, Laws, Indelible, and Halfway Down the Hall: New & Selected Poems -- a finalist for the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. She lives in New York City.