Darling, Lynn

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Darling, Lynn


Married Lee A. Lescaze (deceased); children: Zoe. Education: Graduate of Harvard University.


Home—New York, NY.


Washington Post, Washington, DC, former reporter.


Necessary Sins: A Memoir, Dial Press (New York, NY), 2007.

Contributor to periodicals, including Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Traveller, and Elle.


In Necessary Sins: A Memoir, former reporter Lynn Darling provides the story of her affair with, and marriage to, foreign correspondent Lee A. Lescaze. They met while both were on the staff of the Washington Post, and their affair ultimately cost him his job and resulted in her demotion. Lescaze, nearly twice her age, was married and had three children, and he eventually divorced his wife to marry Darling. She writes of her relationship with his children, the death of one of Lescaze's sons, and the birth of their daughter, Zoe. The couple faced their greatest challenge when Lescaze was diagnosed with fatal cancer five years after Zoe's birth.

A Kirkus Reviews contributor wrote: "The real strength of this account is its depiction of the lovers' eventual marriage…. The most insightful chapter details their first year of marriage." "Deftly and poignantly written, Darling's story provides an insightful and emotionally rewarding read," concluded Deborah Donovan in Booklist.



Darling, Lynn, Necessary Sins: A Memoir, Dial Press (New York, NY), 2007.


Booklist, February 1, 2007, Deborah Donovan, review of Necessary Sins, p. 7.

Entertainment Weekly, March 30, 2007, Vanessa Juarez, review of Necessary Sins, p. 79.

Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2007, review of Necessary Sins, p. 59.


Deseret Morning News Online,http://www.deseretnews.com/ (July 1, 2007), Susan Whitney, review of Necessary Sins.

Harvard Crimson Online,http://www.thecrimson.com/ (April 6, 2007), Alison S. Cohn, review of Necessary Sins.