Everything I Have Is Yours - Eleanor Henderson

Everything I Have Is Yours

By Eleanor Henderson

  • Release Date: 2021-08-10
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 3.5
From 27 Ratings


A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEARFrom New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Henderson comes a turbulent love story meets harrowing medical mystery: the true story of the author’s twenty-year marriage defined by her husband’s chronic illness—and a testament to the endurance of love

Eleanor met Aaron when she was just a teenager and he was working at a local record stored—older, experienced, and irresistibly charming. Escaping the clichés of fleeting young love, their summer romance bloomed into a relationship that survived college and culminated in a marriage and two children. From the outside looking in, their life had all the trappings of what most would consider a success story.

But, as in any marriage, things weren’t always as they seemed. On top of the typical stresses of parenting, money, and work, there were the untended wounds of depression, addiction, and childhood trauma. And then one day, out of nowhere: a rash appeared on Aaron’s arms. Soon, it had morphed into painful lesions covering his body. Eleanor was as baffled as the doctors. There was no obvious diagnosis, let alone a cure. And as years passed and the lesions gave way to Aaron’s increasingly disturbed concerns about the source of his sickness, the husband she loved seemed to unravel before her eyes. A new fissure ruptured in their marriage, and new questions piled onto old ones: Where does physical illness end and mental illness begin? Where does one person end and another begin? And how do we exist alongside someone else’s suffering?

Emotional, intimate, and at times agonizing, Everything I Have Is Yours tells the story of a marriage tested by powerful forces outside both partners’ control. It’s not only a memoir of a wife’s tireless quest to heal her husband, but also one that asks just what it means to accept someone as they are.


  • Such a good book

    By 10706CB
    I could not put it down. This is a really great book about marriage and commitment, acceptance, love and sacrificing our own, sometimes selfish wants and needs for another/for the common good. Parts of it were not easy to read and I so much wanted it to all resolve. It finally did, but not in the way I expected. Henderson writes with such honesty that allows us to see into her emotional highs and lows in a way that is really special.