New Book a Story of the Strength of Commitment and Enduring Love

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Leslie Rutkin shares how she began her marriage while her husband was in prison

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It is a story of integrity, honor, commitment, survival and true friendships, and most of all, an enduring love.

If your husband was arrested right after you were married, would you have what it takes to stick it out? Leslie Rutkin shares the story of how she and her husband Matthew did in her new book “Counting the Days: 366 Days in Prison.”

On the fourth day of their honeymoon, Rutkin’s husband, a police officer, was indicted on charges of grand larceny and went to prison for 366 days. Based on over 650 letters, notes and cards sent between the couple, the book is the true story of their journey to stay together through seemingly impossible circumstances.

“We wrote about everything we did, everything we thought,” Rutkin says. “The letters kept us sane and connected.“

Matthew’s indictment occurred after the Knapp Commission had ended and the NYPD was in the middle of upheaval and corruption. The general attitude among some cops was that taking money from drug dealers was acceptable. Unfortunately, Matthew’s position in the police department led him to be caught up in the corruption.

As Leslie and Matthew’s marriage progressed, they learned what it really takes to keep a marriage together. Rutkin serves as a voice for other “prison widows” who choose to stand by their husbands while they are in jail. Throughout the book, it becomes clear that their life was not easy, but the couple was able to survive through hard work, honesty and commitment.

Rutkin says, “It is a story of integrity, honor, commitment, survival and true friendships, and most of all, an enduring love.”

“Counting the Days: 366 Days in Prison”
By Leslie Rutkin
ISBN: 978-1-4685-3922-6(sc); 978-1-46853-921-9 (hc); 978-1-46853-923-3 (e)
Paperback, $16.95
Hardcover, $23.95
Ebook, $3.99
Approximately 328 pages
Available at and

About the author
Leslie Rutkin has been a creative director in the publishing field and partner in a marketing and graphic design firm. She lives in New York with Matthew and is an antique dealer. “Counting the Days” is her first book.

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