"With a writing style that is as clear-minded and straightforward as it is absorbing, Without Jenny pulls the reader in to family's great depths of emotion." -Foreword Reviews
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. Family, Judaism, work, athletics-nothing will deliver what she wants the most: Jenny. 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. In 1997 his daughter Eva was killed by a drunk driver. In response, he and his wife started the Eva Gunther Foundation (www.evafoundation.org) as Eva's legacy, giving to girls and girls programs. 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.