A True Story of Love, Loss, and Friendship
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At a time of great loss, nothing heals like the power
Time heals all wounds, they say. But
when your husband dies suddenly, on a glorious sunny day
when all he did was go to work, it takes more than the
passage of time to get you through. It takes the love and
support of women who are exactly where you are -- and when
you’re lucky enough to find them, you cling to each other
until you’re strong enough to stand on your own. The truths
you discover in the process are universal, compelling, and
That was the lesson learned by
Pattie Carrington, Julia Collins, Claudia Gerbasi, and Ann
Haynes, four thirty-something women whose husbands worked at
the World Trade Center. Before September 11, 2001, they
didn’t know each other, but in the months following that
horrible day they came together, drawn as much by their
diverse backgrounds as their shared tragedy. At their very
first meeting, the foursome realized their bond was too
special to ignore, and in no time their Widows’ Club had
cemented into a source of hope and, soon, love that saw them
through their darkest hours, and forward. They took to
signing off emails and phone conversations with a
lighthearted phrase: Love You, Mean It. "Feeling this love
for one another meant our hearts were beginning to open
again. It was a risk -- love brought with it the
ever-present possibility of loss. But this was a risk worth
taking. More than ever, we understood how important it was
to put love at the center of our lives."
celebration of friendship, optimism, and empathy, Love
You, Mean It is a shared memoir of rebuilt lives. It
will offer hope to anyone who has suffered a loss, and
exhilarate readers from coast to coast.
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