Where You Left Me

Where You Left Me

By Jennifer Gardner Trulson

  • Release Date: 2011-08-30
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 328 Ratings
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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.


  • Shallow & vain

    By LillyB717
    My favorite part was when she complained about the Good Samaritan who made her & her kids dinner, brought it over to her swanky apartment, then days later had the audacity to ask for her Tupperware back. How DARE this person inconvenience the writer in such a way! The way it was written, Jennifer felt that the woman should be honored to serve her.
  • So so....

    By Gregglet
    Mrs. Trulson is obviously a very good writer, bright, and very honest. Maybe a little too honest. I don't mean to imply that she needed to lie but maybe omit some truths that made her story a little out of touch with average Americans. As is, it came off a little snobbish and juvenile. The references to stores such as Nine West and Banana Republic as being cheap was a little uppity, especially to those who don't consider shopping at stores such as Target or WalMart as being beneath them. We don't all have huge charity checks from the general public to blow along with already accumulated wealth. The love story part with her husband was heartfelt and heartbreaking. The loss she suffered is unimaginable. The love story with her second husband not so much. He sounded like a commitment phobe that saw a big payday in Ms. Gardner.
  • Amazing, touching book

    By Sg030209
    Incredibly emotional and touching to hear the story of this family torn apart by 9/11 but finding happiness again. Absolutely wonderful.
  • A little too perfect

    By Lorib ell
    This book was just a little too neatly packaged- a bit like reading a fairy tale
  • Wonderful Story

    By Lhku
    What an inspiring story...loved every word!
  • Where you left me

    By Kidsrn6
    What a great book! I read it in two days and could hardly put it down! Thanks for sharing your story with the world. It took a lot of courage and was a gift to all of us.
  • : )

    By gbaybabe
    You really get the feel of how it felt being there in New York the days weeks months and years after 9/11. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us.
  • Loved it

    By butterbean7
    I am in 8th grade and this Is 1 of the best books I've read but if you liked this I suggest two kisses for maddy it was great 2 :)
  • Excellent

    By Kiss manager
    So respectfully written... Makes one who didn't lose a loved one in such a terrible tragedy truly appreciate the love ones they still have... Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing such a personal story that touched a woman who is struggling with true love for the first time... Really sheds light on what truly matters in a "forever" relationship! Wishing you continued happiness in memories new and old... Lindsay Oliver, indiana
  • Simply amazing

    By Nessperez
    This was a brave and emotional memoir . It's a must read. I wish only the best for the author and her family and friends that were affected be 9/11.