Lyon and Windsor had not finished the manuscript at the time of her death in 2017. And Lyon wondered whether he could still finish the book. He need not have worried; the book is told mostly in Windsor’s own voice, Lyon filling in any gaps from extensive interviews, and his own research with Windsor’s colleagues, family, friends ... Windsor also writes inspiringly about how the lesbian community in New York stood in solidarity with gay men during the worse years of the AIDS epidemic in New York ... Thea had almost total paralysis, and all that would entail arranging a wedding in Canada to get married, not only to publicly acknowledge their relationship but to secure any legal standing as a couple. You would have to have a heart of stone not to be moved on the chapters on Edie and Thea dealing with everything they did during that time in their lives.
...a forthright and vivid memoir ... After Windsor died, Lyon took over the unfinished project, resulting in 'a memoir/biography hybrid' that complements, and often deepens, Windsor’s narrative with information and insights that Lyon uncovered from his continued research ... A candid portrait of an indefatigable woman.
In this insightful posthumous debut, gay rights activist Windsor spins a whirlwind tale spanning eight decades studded with glamour, bravado, and desire against the backdrop of Greenwich Village and the Hamptons ... Windsor’s memoir is passionately told and serves as a substantive look at her contribution to same-sex marriage.