Elizabeth Edwards: Road With John Is Clear, But Long

Memoir excerpt reveals reaction, recovery after John's affair
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 5, 2009 10:07 AM CDT
In a 2008 file photo, Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, speaks during a press conference on health care in Richmond, Va.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – In Elizabeth Edwards memoir about coming to terms with her husband's disastrous affair, she tries to understand why he was "targeted” by videographer Rielle Hunter and why he fell for it. "I have come to understand his liaison with this woman, if I have, not as a substitute for me. Those with any fame or notoriety or power attract people for good reasons and bad. Some want to contribute and some want to take something away for themselves. They flatter and entreat, and it is engaging, even addictive." she writes in an excerpt in TIme.

 Now, she refuses to let the “indiscretion, however long in duration, take over my life.” John’s “lies went on for some time,” she notes, but after months of talk between the two of them, “the road ahead looks clear enough, although from here it looks long.”