Magazine September 26, 2016, Issue

When the Deal Gets Broken

Losing Susan: Brain Disease, the Priest’s Wife, and the God Who Gives and Takes Away, by Victor Lee Austin (Brazos, 160 pp., $19.99)

It’s the deal we all hope for: career, raising kids, vigor, and twilight years. For men, the actuarial tables tilt the deal. They usually die first, having been cared for by their wife in sickness as in health. For women, especially in the case of someone vibrant, creative, and with the heart and ability to raise children and manage adults, the deal is that they give life at home and in society and care for those in whom it is ebbing away.

Most times, anyway.

Victor Austin was a budding intellectual, an Anglican priest and writer with a beautiful wife and two

David P. DeavelMr. Deavel is the editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture and teaches at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


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Politics & Policy

The Week

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