Andrea Jarrell 2017-05-15T23:42:06+00:00

Project Description

Andrea Jarrell has written about relationships, recovery, parenting, self-esteem, yoga, travel, and education for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, and many literary and popular magazines and websites. An LA girl who grew up traveling the world thanks to her determined mother, she now lives with her family in suburban Washington, DC.


When Andrea Jarrell was a girl, her mother often told her of their escape from Jarrell’s dangerous, cunning father as if it was a bedtime story. In this real-life Gilmore Girls story, mother and daughter develop an unusual bond, complicated by a cautionary tale of sexual desire and betrayal. Once grown, Jarrell thinks she’s put that chapter of her life behind her—until a woman she knows is murdered, and she suddenly sees how her mother’s captivating story has also held her captive, influencing her choices in lovers and friends. Set in motion by this murder, Jarrell’s compact memoir is about the difficulty that daughters have separating from—while still honoring—their mothers, and about the perils of breaking the hereditary cycle of addiction. It’s also about Jarrell’s quest to make a successful marriage and family of her own—a journey first chronicled in her “Modern Love” essay for The New York Times. Without preaching or prescribing, I’m the One Who Got Away is a life-affirming story of having the courage to become both safe enough and vulnerable enough to love and be loved.