"One can easily imagine the ladies of “The View” grilling Washington journalist Carol Ross Joynt about the financial and emotional soap opera chronicled in Innocent Spouse, her memoir of love, death, betrayal, survival, re-invention and major name-dropping."The Washington Post
"INNOCENT SPOUSE does a great job of highlighting a huge tax problem and is entertaining to boot. A page-turning read about unexpected reversals of fortune."Forbes
"There are many memoirs by women who don't know their husbands until they die...but none has the brutal irony of "Innocent Spouse...What makes this memoir exceptional is Carol Joynt's unending honesty. She doesn't spare herself - on many pages, she really does come off like an idiot...But she perseveres. She learns. She gets it right."Jesse Kornbluth, HeadButler.com
"A page-turning, name-dropping memoir..."-InStyle
"When a husband dies suddenly he often leaves his widow holding the bag. The choice is to crumble or carry on. Carol Joynt not only carried on but she came through victorious."Joan Rivers
"Carol Ross Joynt is more than an Innocent Spouse; her indomitable spirit prizes through in this compelling memoir of growth and accomplishment. In the flood of widow memoirs, hers will stand out as a story of overcoming financial ruin, professional and personal deceptions, as well as losing the man she believed was the love of her life."–Sally Ryder Brady, author of A Box of Darkness
"For those who read The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve and wondered how a loving husband could possibly keep a secret life hidden from his family, wonder no more: Carol Joynt reveals in sad and searing detail how it can happen and the price she, as a wife, had to pay to save herself and her young son."bestselling author Kitty Kelley
"A searing personal journey where the pages fall away from one’s hand like meat from a bone. Ms. Joynt takes on her life with both a hatchet and a scalpel and is unafraid to turn an unerring spotlight on herself, examining the flaws and mistakes from every angle. Yet what emerges from this fascinating story is a courageous woman who is a survivor and above all else a mother who would do anything for her child."bestselling author David Baldacci
"Think you know your husband? Read this book. Carol Joynt takes us on a harrowing roller-coaster ride through a system that viewed her as guilty until she proved her innocence. A riveting, inspirational account of one woman's dreamy life turned nightmare and her ultimate triumph. I couldn't put it down."bestselling author Jane Stanton Hitchcock
"An utterly compelling story of spousal deception, postmortem forgiveness, how NOT to run the hottest restaurant in DC, and the enduring power of love. You will read this memoir in one night, pages flying and heart racing." Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of Mommy Wars and the New York Times bestseller Crazy Love
"An honest telling of a woman betrayed by her husband whom she had loved and her determination to protect herself and her son."Publishers Weekly
"Engagingly written. . . .Very readable...inspiring."Booklist
"Excellent recounting of the author’s lost decade, during which she rebuilt her life, became self-sufficient and found peace following her husband’s deceit."Kirkus
When a spouse dies, the one left behind usually is left to face the unknown, and in Joynt’s case "the unknown" included over three million dollars owed to the IRS, mortgages on properties she had thought they owned outright, and a Washington, D.C., restaurant, Nathan’s, that was a landmark to locals but a sinking money pit to the new widow. After her husband, Howard, died in 1997, Joynt struggled to keep her head above water, caring for their five-year-old son, continuing her career in journalism (she hosts the Q&A Cafe luncheon in D.C.), and taking on her new role as owner of Nathan’s while maintaining her "innocent spouse" status in her legal battle against the IRS. While Joynt’s case may be extreme and will most appeal to fans of Nathan’s restaurant, it is an honest telling of a woman betrayed by her husband whom she had loved and her determination to protect herself and her son. (May)
Following her loving husband's unexpected death, TV producer Joynt came face-to-face with her mate's secret life. The fallout decimated her once comfortable life, flinging her into a decade of financial and emotional misery.
The author fell deeply in love with Howard Joynt in 1977. As the night assignment editor for theNBC News Washington, D.C., Bureau, she had a successful career, and Howard was a rich, charming, sophisticated restaurateur. They soon married, Joynt abandoned her career and the couple retreated to a large estate in the Virginia countryside. Unknown to the author, her husband possessed a dark side that soon emerged. Chronic depression fueled his rages, followed by physical abuse. After much grief, they entered counseling, salvaging their marriage. Ten years into their marriage, they moved back to Washington, restarting their professional lives. Joynt became a producer forNightwatch; her husband shouldered the day-to-day management of his legendary restaurant, Nathans. For the next decade, their lives were grand. But in 1997, a month after a sailing vacation to the Caribbean, Joynt's husband died, and the author's comfortable life disintegrated. Due to her husband's fraudulent financial dealings, Joynt discovered she now owed the IRS $3 million in back taxes. "The reality he left us was not enchanting and not safe, but dangerous and frightening," she writes. The author recounts the misery of the next ten years dealing with the messy details of her long battle with the IRS; her valiant attempts to turn Nathans into a moneymaking enterprise; her constant struggle to retain her demanding job as a producer with Larry King Live; and the joy of raising her son.
Excellent recounting of the author's lost decade, during which she rebuilt her life, became self-sufficient and found peace following her husband's deceit.