Innocent Spouse: A Memoir

Carol Ross Joynt . Crown, $25 (288p) ISBN 978-0-307-59209-5
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)
Reviewed on: 03/28/2011
Release date: 05/01/2011
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 194 pages - 978-0-307-59212-5
Paperback - 282 pages - 978-0-307-59211-8
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