Where You Left Me by Jennifer Trulson

81%

17 Critic Reviews

In the end, her narrative achieves a balance between grief and life-affirming determination.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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 clichés are made of.

Until Doug was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center, and she became a widow at age thirty-five—a “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 love—fully 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 healing—which 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 story—at once Jennifer’s tribute to the city that gave her everything and proof that second chances are possible.
 

About Jennifer Trulson

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Jennifer Gardner Trulson is the founder of the Douglas B. Gardner Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children in New York.  She graduated from Tufts University and received a J.D. from Harvard.  She lives with her husband and two children in Manhattan.
 
Published August 30, 2011 by Gallery Books. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Where You Left Me
All: 17 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 01 2011

Uneven, but in its stronger moments, the book provides trenchant insights into one woman’s resilience and makes a respectable entry in the burgeoning field of 9/11 widow memoirs.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Aug 01 2011

In the end, her narrative achieves a balance between grief and life-affirming determination.

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Elle

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Moeller on Oct 05 2011

I felt as though I were peering into Trulson's diary while reading Left Me, and I felt privileged to be granted such personal insight

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Mass Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Roman on Sep 07 2011

Her book is filled with details of the moments of loneliness and sadness.

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Booking Mama

Good
Reviewed by Julie P on Aug 30 2011

It is a beautiful story filled with love and hope and it's guaranteed to make you grateful for your life!

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Kritters Ramblings

Good
Reviewed by Kritter on Sep 09 2011

A truthful story with a soul and one that continues as each day can be a struggle when you have lost someone close so quickly. A recommended read for those who wish to read a personal story that started on 9/11, but is still being written.

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The Three R's Blog

Good
Reviewed by 3 R's on Sep 19 2011

First-time author Gardner Trulson tells her own story in straightforward language, with honesty, self-awareness, and a remarkable amount of humor.

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Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on Sep 04 2011

Gives the reader an emotionally charged and realistic story that showcases what happens after the cameras stop rolling.

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Charlotte's Web of Books

Good
Reviewed by Charlotte on Aug 29 2011

Jennifer is an intelligent, witty, and fiercely loyal woman who had a story to share and we are lucky enough to be able to read her story.

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Just Another New Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Dina N on Oct 24 2011

As a parent, I can only imagine the pain of having to explain to two young children the loss of their father. Ms. Gardner Trulson's memoir shows her admirable strength as a a mother, a wife and a friend. Where You Left Me is a touching testament to the resilience of her spirit.

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Book Loving Mommy

Below average
Reviewed by Book-Loving Mommy on Sep 14 2011

I thought this book would be more about how she struggled to get by without her husband and the effects of 9/11 on the author but I really didn't feel that much of a struggle.

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Great Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Andrea Katz on Sep 11 2011

As I read this book, I laughed, I cried and I was reminded of how fragile life is but yet how exciting it can be

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Lazy Day Books Blog

Good
Reviewed by Kimberly on Sep 02 2011

In Where You Left Me, Jennifer is so open and bluntly honest about how she felt, the raw emotions she experienced, even those she didn’t, that my heart just ached for her.

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Author Exposure

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Shaw on Jun 18 2012

A brilliantly crafted memoir that is as enthralling as it is emotional.

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Booksie's Blog

Good
Reviewed by Sandie on Sep 07 2011

Where You Left Me is a heartfelt memoir that explores the effect the events that day had on one family, and demonstrates how resilient the human spirit is after tragedy.

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Mom of 6

Good
Reviewed by Momof6 on Sep 09 2011

This book is not a fairytale, it is the true story of one woman’s struggle to carry on, and as you read, you will remember all that we lost on September 11th.

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Jamie's Precious Peas

Good
Reviewed by Jamie on Aug 30 2011

WHERE YOU LEFT ME is an unlikely love story—really, two love stories in one.

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