When Christina Haag was growing up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, John F. Kennedy, Jr., was just one of the boys in her circle of prep-school friends, a skinny kid who lived with his mother and sister on Fifth Avenue and who happened to have a Secret Service detail following him at a discreet distance at all times. A decade later, after they had both graduated from Brown University and were living in New York City, Christina and John were cast in an off-Broadway play together. It was then that John confessed his long-standing crush on her, and they embarked on a five-year love affair.
Glamorous and often in the public eye, but also passionate and deeply intimate, their relationship was transformative for both of them. With exquisite prose, Haag paints a portrait of a young man with an enormous capacity for love and an adventurous spirit that drove him to live life to its fullest.
A haunting book, Come to the Edge is a lasting evocation of a time and a place - of the indelible sting of the loss of young love, and of the people who shape you and remain with you, whether in person or in spirit. It is about being young and full of hope, with all the potential of your life as yet unfulfilled, and of coming of age at a moment in New York’s history when the city at once held danger, magic, and endless possibilities for self-discovery. Rarely has a love story been told so beautifully.
©2011 Christina Haag (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Despite her intimate view, Haag is careful not to exploit the Kennedy clan; instead, she simply returns them to human form. An honest, heartfelt account of love, politics and tragedy." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Come to the Edge perfectly captures what it feels like to be young and in love - the giddiness, the lunacy, the madcap swings between exhilaration and despair…. Haag is a beautiful writer, and the book [is] full of wonderfully vivid descriptions." (Entertainment Weekly)
I was SO thrilled to find the audio version of this book about 8 months after I purchased and read/re-read the book form. I enjoyed that it was narrated by the author because I feel as though I'm reliving the experience with Christina (due to inflections and depth that only lending her voice to her words can add). A tender love story told with amazing detail, Christina takes the listener back to life in NYC in the 70's, 80's in and in the lives of one of America's beloved familes. Her beautiful and richly descriptive style of writing makes you feel connected to her journey, their journey. I shared the audio version during a trip to Martha's Vineyard with my husband and mother-in-law. In no time, they were both drawn in and asked me to "turn the book" back on after rest stops. "Come To The Edge" was a BIG hit with everyone I've shared it with.
I may try another book by this author.
I have not listened to any of her books before this one.
I think she came across as a woman who finds it important to always appear to be the smartest, most eloquent person in the room. I wanted to hear about her life in a real way. Instead I had to listen to her go on and on about retrieving a book from a room where Jackie Onassis was reading as if Mrs. O was God himself.
None since this is a memoir.
I really wanted to like this memoir. But if your story is largely about your relationship with JFK Jr. and his infidelity and you cannot make that an interesting read......Well then I don't know what else to say.
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