Where You Left Me
By Jennifer Gardner Trulson
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Gallery, August 2011
Hardcover, 256 pages
Lucky-that's how Jennifer would describe herself. She had a successful law career, met the love of her life in Doug, married him, had an apartment in New York City, a house in the Hamptons, two beautiful children, and was still madly in love after nearly seven years of marriage. Jennifer was living the kind of idyllic life that cliches are made of.
Until Doug was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center, and she became a widow at age thirty-fivea "9/11 widow," no less, a member of a select group bound by sorrow, of which she wanted no part. Though completely devastated, Jennifer still considered herself blessed. Doug had loved her enough to last her a lifetime, and after his sudden death, she was done with the idea of romantic lovefully resigned to being a widowed single mother . . . until a chance encounter with a gregarious stranger changed everything. Without a clue how to handle this unexpected turn of events, Jennifer faced the question asked by anyone who has ever lost a loved one: Is it really possible to feel joy again, let alone love?
With unvarnished emotion and clear-eyed sardonic humor, Jennifer tells an ordinary woman's extraordinary tale of unimaginable loss, resilience, friendship, love, and healingwhich is also New York City's narrative in the wake of September 11. Where You Left Me is an unlikely love story, a quintessentially New York storyat once Jennifer's tribute to the city that gave her everything and proof that second chances are possible.