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It Rains in February by Leila Summers
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bookshelves: awesome, biography
Read from December 24 to 28, 2011

Leila Summers has written a beautiful, heart wrenching biography of her marriage to Stuart, her husband of many years. Leila meets, falls head over heels in love, and marries Stuart. They have two beautiful girls, who remain the light of both of them. Somewhere in between paradise and purgatory, Leila begins to sense a change in her husband. A man who was so creative, driven by their mutual passion, and happy with their lives in Durban, suddenly seems out of place, sometimes overemotional, sometimes distant to the point of distraction. Stuart eventually confesses to Leila that he has fallen in love with a mutual friend of theirs, who sings with him and is also married. Things go into a spiral from this point on. Leila remains strong and attempts to get Stuart to open up and talk, and along with his sister, attempts to keep him on a happier plain. Sadly, Stuart attempts suicide and the battle to save him continues. The letters and emails that Leila shares in her book are beautiful, blunt, and so hard to read, because there is such an open honesty to them. Leila loves her husband very much, despite her sadness and sometimes anger at the dissolution of her marriage, and she never stops trying to reach him. She speaks honestly throughout the book of her battles to remain optimistic in the face of such an uphill battle, and she attempts to keep life uncomplicated and as normal as possible, espicially to their two little girls. Stuart's sadness permeates the pages, as it becomes apparent to him that his love for the friend, remains a solitary one and unrequited to some extent, and furthers his desire to no longer be among the living. Ultimately, it's a book on the beginning, middle, and end of a not only a marriage ending, but also the life of a driven, vibrant man lost in the tailights of depression. You feel hopeful for Leila and her girls, that life does indeed go on, and that Stuart will always be remembered with joy and compassion, thanks to the way Leila has brought him to life in the pages of this book. I will recommend it heartily.
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