Pub Date: June 2017

Author: Janet Lombardi


One gray January day in 2007, Janet Lombardi discovered that her attorney-husband, Josh, had emptied accounts without her knowledge. Her financial advisor was blunt: Get yourself a good accountant, attorney, and private eye. Her debut memoir tells the compelling tale of financial and other infidelities. It traces the story of the family’s plunge into economic turmoil as Josh faces prosecution and prison. Along the way, secrets are revealed: a clandestine love affair, hidden addiction, and growing financial distress. As wife and mother, Lombardi confronts her own desires and demons as she travels the road to survival and navigates questions of love and redemption.



—Sarah Hepola, New York Times bestselling author of Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget


“A poignant, brave, and compelling story of lost money, marital break, and healing.”

—Susan Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of Unhooked, Five Men Who  Broke My Heart, and What’s Never Said


Bankruptcy is an intriguing story of a shocking loss that could happen to anyone … it kept me up half the night.”

—Jan Phillips, author, Creativity Unzipped


Bankruptcy: A Love Story, rich in sensory details, captivates the reader from the first page to the end. Lombardi’s voice is authentic, her story is heart-wrenching. We learn what it feels like to be betrayed and yet to still love the betrayer. More than a coming of age story, it is “a coming of self” story. A memoirist wants to understand who she was in the past and who she is today. Janet Lombardi has succeeded, and in so doing she has opened doors to self-discovery for those who have the good fortune to read her fascinating memoir.”

—Susan Tiberghien, author of One Year to a Writing Life


“In her beautifully written debut memoir, Bankruptcy: A Love Story, Janet Lombardi captivates us with her personal triumph over deceit and financial infidelity. Lombardi truly gives meaning to perseverance in the face of adversity. This is one book that will leave you feeling inspired and able to overcome whatever life throws in front of you.”

—Lori Bizzoco, Executive Editor of


“Set between the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and the collapse of the mortgage market seven years later, Bankruptcy: A Love Story tells the harrowing, true story of a marriage careening between devotion and desperation. Offering an intimate view of the corrosive effects of addiction and codependence, Lombardi’s memoir is more than the saga of one woman’s stunning descent into financial and emotional ruin. It’s a story of discovering that the one true love is love of yourself.”

—Desiree Cooper, author of Know the Mother