May 17, 2009

Edwards rejects post-scandal criticism

Memoir writer Elizabeth Edwards says no one should tell her how she should respond to the infidelity of her husband, former U.S. Sen. John Edwards.

The wife of the former Democratic presidential contender from North Carolina said before a book signing in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday she has been unfairly criticized for detailing her reactions to his infidelity in her book Resilience, The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported Sunday.

People feel they have license to tell me how I should have reacted and responded, Edwards said. This story I'm telling is my own and no one else's, and no one can decide how I should tell it.

Edwards, who admitted she considered not writing Resilience, added completing the book helped her deal with part of the emotional fallout from her husband's affair and the ensuing political scandal.

As you think about relationships, you don't always analyze, she told The News & Observer. I have a bad habit of trailing off when I speak. You can't do that with writing. You have to finish the sentence; you have to think it through.