Elizabeth Edwards memoir expected to address affair

LOS ANGELES Tue Feb 3, 2009 7:52pm EST

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC)(R) makes an opening statement at a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on health reform as Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 18, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Young

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC)(R) makes an opening statement at a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on health reform as Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 18, 2008.

Credit: Reuters/Jim Young

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, is writing a second memoir about life's adversities -- this time including some details on how she coped with her husband's affair.

Edwards, wrote a first, well-received memoir "Saving Graces" in 2006 focusing on her battle with breast cancer and the death of her 16-year-old son in a car accident.

The new book, "Resilience," will be published in May by Broadway Books, part of the Random House group which is a division of Germany's Bertelsmann AG. Broadway Books said in its catalog that Edwards "shares her inspirational message on the challenges and blessings of coping with adversity."

The catalog also describes Edwards as a woman who "would exhibit (this) remarkable grace and courage again when the very private matter of her husband's infidelity became public fodder."

But the description stopped short of saying exactly how detailed Edwards would get when writing about her husband's affair with video producer Rielle Hunter, and a spokesperson for Broadway did not immediately return a request for comment.

The book is expected to cover the re-emergence of Edwards' cancer in 2007, when her husband John was a Democratic presidential contender.

John Edwards withdrew from the presidential race in January 2008 and, in a reversal of earlier denials, later admitted having an affair with Hunter. Edwards however denied being the father of a child to whom she gave birth in February 2008.

Elizabeth Edwards said at the time that her husband "made a terrible mistake." The couple have both remained largely out of the spotlight since then.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Cynthia Osterman)

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