Without Jenny takes the reader on an extraordinary and deeply personal journey through a woman’s transformation after the death of ten-year-old Jenny. Debut author Mark Gunther shares this passionate and emotional story with charm, humor, and honesty.
“Without Jenny is a heartbreaking journey of love and loss, of mourning and memory, of faith and doubt. Mark Gunther offers his readers a meditation on strength, courage and the healing power of family.”
–Rabbi Naomi Levy, author of Einstein and the Rabbi
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Joy Rosenberg thinks she’s the luckiest person in the world, with satisfying work, a passionate marriage, an excellent bicycle, and two great kids. But when ten-year-old Jenny is killed, Joy’s life is destroyed.
Tortured by visions of the accident and twisted by guilt, she feels doomed to a life of unremitting darkness. Judaism holds her, but how could God have taken her child? Family, friends, work, athletics—nothing can restore the world she had. Joy struggles to live a life of purpose and compassion while grief is tearing it apart. Can she forgive herself and learn to love again, or will she lose her husband and son forever? An emotional story told in honest and haunting detail, Without Jenny is an intimate portrait of a loving marriage stretched to the breaking point by the unspeakable.
Mark Gunther has been many things in his life—student, hippie, cook, husband, carpenter, father, dancer, administrator, musician, entrepreneur, athlete. He has worked in staff or board roles in small businesses and nonprofit organizations for forty years. After their daughter Eva was killed by a drunk driver in 1997, he and his wife started the Eva Gunther Foundation (www.evafoundation.org), to “fuel hope in the heart of a girl.” Mark received an MFA in Creative Writing in December of 2015 and since then has been published in several literary journals and other publications. Without Jenny is his first novel.
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