The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle: A moving memoir of life in the late 20th century

Published: Thursday, 21 January 2016 10:00
Written By Andrea Kempf, Contributing Reviewer

“Now Everyone Will Know: The Perfect Husband, His Shattering Secret, My Recovered Life (A Memoir)” by Maggie Kneip. (Garden Street Books, 2015).

As a young woman, Maggie Kneip aimed for a stage career. She studied dance in college and moved from her Jewish family in Philadelphia for a career in New York where she discovered that she was spending more time waiting tables and pouring drinks than actually performing. Then she met John Andrew. He was an editor on the Wall Street Journal, charming, handsome and everything she was looking for in a mate. They married, despite the disapproval of his father for choosing someone who was Jewish. They had a daughter Carolyn and then a few years later, a son, Daniel. However, within a few weeks after Daniel’s birth in 1990, John collapsed, both physically and mentally. It wasn’t a temporary illness. Maggie eventually guessed what was happening. John had AIDS. The doctors’ tests proved her right. John died within a year...