17 – “Where You Left Me” by Jennifer Gardner Trulson

This book was heartbreaking.  But it was such an amazing read.  Here is the summary from Goodreads.com.

“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.”

It was so amazing to me to read about 9/11 from this perspective.  Yes, you can watch all of the documentaries and news specials, but actually getting into the nitty gritty of that day of someone who was so incredibly affected was completely eye opening.  I started and finished this book yesterday.  I couldn’t put it down.  I cried many times.  But as Jennifer started healing, my crying diminished.  This is an immensely personal story.  But kudos to Jen Trulson, she got through it…is still getting through it…10 years later.

I would highly recommend this book.

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