The New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Those Who Save Us pays tribute to her beloved black Lab, Woodrow, in this beautiful memoir that recalls the last six months of his life and the ways in which he taught her to live. 

 “For anyone who’s ever loved an old dog.”

Since she adopted him as a puppy fifteen years earlier, Jenna Blum and Woodrow have been inseparable. Known to many as “the George Clooney of dogs” for his good looks and charm, Woodrow and his “Mommoo” are fixtures in their Boston neighborhood. 

But Woodrow is aging. As he begins to fail, the true nature of his extraordinary relationship with Jenna is revealed. Jenna may be the dog parent, but it is Woodrow, with his amazing personality and trusting nature, who has much to teach her. A divorcée who has experienced her share of sadness and loss, Jenna discovers, over the months she spends caring for her ailing dog, what it is to be present in the moment, and what it truly means to love.

Aided by an amazing group of friends and buoyed by the support of strangers, Jenna and Woodrow navigate these precious final days together with kindness, humor, and grace. Their unforgettable love story will reaffirm your belief in kindness, break your heart, and leave your spirit soaring.

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“The brilliance of dogs shines brightest when their complexity is reduced to its simplest form: be there for me; love me. In Jenna Blum’s wonderful, moving memoir, the depth of this simplicity is made clear by the author’s relationship with the noble, lovable Woodrow, an old dog with a soul so big, it spills over and changes everyone he touches. Woodrow on the Bench is a “girl and her dog” story for the ages!” — Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

“Woodrow on the Bench is a touching tribute as well as a gripping story that will make you laugh and cry. It will also make you understand the majesty and wisdom imparted by the animals we are lucky to keep by our sides for as long as we can.” — New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg

“Acclaimed for her brilliant fiction, Jenna Blum now gets deeply personal in her first dazzling memoir, about how loving and caring for her old black lab Woodrow dramatically changed her life, her outlook, and her Boston community. A richly funny, moving Valentine to Woodrow and to the extraordinary things he taught her, this enchanting memoir also offers up an exquisite truth: keep opening up your heart, especially when things get tough, because whatever the cost, however long or short the duration, love is always, always worth it.” — Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You, Cruel Beautiful World and With or Without You

“In Woodrow on the BenchNew York Times bestselling Author Jenna Blum pens a heart-wrenching and unforgettable memoir about life with her beloved Labrador, Woodrow. So much more than a dog’s story, this book is about the love we give and get, the lessons learned along the way, the families and communities we build, and a giant hurrah for humanity and dogmanity. Two paws up for America’s next great read about woman’s best friend!” — Pam Jenoff, NYT Bestselling Author of The Woman with the Blue Star

“Jenna Blum has written a glorious love letter to her beloved Woodrow, and it is truly a gift to dog (and pet) lovers everywhere. Heartbreaking and uplifting, funny and wise.”  — Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author of Love at First Bark and You Had Me at Woof

“With beautifully written tenderness and gratitude, Blum says goodbye to the love of her life. This is both a heartbreaking love story and a joyful ode to bacon, and I loved every word.” — Kate Christensen, PEN/Faulkner award-winning author of The Great Man and Blue Plate Special

“When I say Jenna Blum’s upcoming Woodrow on the Bench wrecked me and that I’m now sobbing eating all the chocolate, I mean it in the best way possible.” Jodi Picoult

“Wise, wrenching, and devastatingly beautiful… This book is a gem. Read it. You’ll love it and you’ll love Woodrow, and you’ll glimpse love in all its majesty.” Chris Bohjalian


Author visits with Jenna Blum are available via NovelNetwork.com.