McKinney PR, LLC (Larissa Ackerman | Claire McKinney PR, 41 Main Street Suite B, Chester, NJ 07930) sent me a copy of this book for review and it is quite the read about holding on to a secret for 20 years, denying a segment of a life and keeping a mythology alive.
“This is a book I just inhaled, I could not put it down… It will resonate with every woman who has something to hide – and that is most of us, myself included.” (Magee Hickey, News Reporter, WPIX-TV New York, cover)
Maggie Kneip was married to her dream husband and was the mother of 2 very young children when her husband collapsed and spent several years getting every cold that came along; having just one medical problem after the other. They finally got a diagnosis – AIDS. When Kneip’s partner, before he was her partner, he had worked in Los Angeles and had explored the Gay lifestyle. Now he was an editor at the Wall Street Journal and very highly respected and funny; giftedly bright. He had tumors in his brain and an AIDS dementia, swollen legs, and a list of other problems. Their son was less than a year old, and their 3-year-old daughter just could not understand. He was dying and Maggie had to find a job and support her two children.
AIDS was a fairly unknown disease and the general population was very frightened, Maggie and the children were not carriers and did not have the disease, but they were discriminated against just the same because of the fear and the stigma. The daughter shared about her Father at school and the other parents banded together to get her removed. A conspiracy of silence began to keep the children safe from these attacks. This silence left a big hole in the family until the family began sharing their story and Kneip began participating in creating awareness and support for other women on the AIDS journey. 20 years of silence.
It is a commanding read and quite an educational tool for informing and lessening the fear factor for others.
“Maggie Kneip was one of this country’s hidden women…who kept her husband’s deadly secret for more than two decades…Now she opens up for the first time in this stunning, beautifully written, and important book.” (Joanne Lipman, journalist, editor, and co-author of Strings Attached – cover)
About the Author:
“Maggie Kneip is a veteran of the publishing industry, with more than two decades in publicity and marketing at Bertelsmann, Scholastic Inc., and Abrams Books. She has performed as a singer at such Manhattan clubs as the Laurie Beechman Theatre and the Metropolitan Room. Learn more about her at www.maggiekneip.com“