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Nancy Bevilaqua

Nancy Bevilaqua, author of Holding Breath: A Memoir of AIDS’ Wildfire Days and A Rough Deliverance: Collected Poems 1983-2013, was born in New York City. After studying English Literature and Creative Writing at Reed College and New York University, she worked for ten years as a caseworker and counselor for people with AIDS, the homeless, and people in drug treatment programs.She married Lorenzo Bevilaqua, a photographer, in 1994, and in 1998 their son, Alessandro, was born. A few years later Nancy became a freelance writer, specializing in travel; her articles, essays, and photography have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Coastal Living, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, several in-flight magazines, and many other publications.Nancy and Alessandro now live in Florida, where, although she loves the beach on which she lives, Nancy still dreams nearly every night about New York.
This is the description of Holding Breath: A Memoir of AIDS’ Wildfire Daysthat is listed on its Amazon page:”When they met, David was a 41-year-old heroin addict, homeless and dying of AIDS. The author was a 27-year-old, self-absorbed, bar-hopping would-be poet–and his caseworker. In 1989, in New York City, there was nothing “manageable” about AIDS, and David would have only eight more months to live. Something about him drew her to him until the boundary between “caseworker” and “client” dissolved, and she fell in love with him. Living together in secrecy in his little Lower East Side studio for those final eight months, they hoped for the impossible until it was impossible to hope any more. In the short time they had together–a time that would change them both–they formed a relationship that would, sixteen years later, unexpectedly and with ferocity come back to haunt the author, send her into the full-fledged grief that she had denied herself when David died, and change her life once again.”
Holding Breath is available in paperback and Kindle editions at:http://www.amazon.com/Holding-Breath-Memoir-AIDS-Wildfire/dp/1480164518/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
A Rough Deliverance is available here:
If you have questions, comments, or inquiries about either book, feel free to email me at
holdingbreathmemoir (at) gmail (dot) com
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