When You Were Here

When You Were Here

Filled with humor, raw emotion, a strong voice, and a brilliant dog named Sandy Koufax, When You Were Here explores the two most powerful forces known to man-death and love. Daisy Whitney brings her characters to life with a deft touch and resonating authenticity. 

Danny's mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation-the one day that she was hanging on to see.

Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn't know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore.

When he gets a letter from his mom's property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother's memory and make sense of her final months, which seemed filled with more joy than Danny ever knew. There, among the cherry blossoms, temples, and crowds, and with the help of an almost-but-definitely-not Harajuku girl, he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going. Perhaps, the secret of how to live lies in how she died.

Available June 4 online at AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBoundiBooks, and in independent bookstores and Barnes & Noble.


  1. Loved this book to pieces. It broke my heart and lifted my spirits, I truly adored it.

  2. I loved your book sooo much. I posted a review today on my blog today: http://wimpyteengirl.blogspot.co.il/2013/06/release-day-launch-when-you-were-here.html

  3. Very heartfelt book. My husband just spent a year battling cancer and won! I wasn't sure if I was going to read this right away (but not wanting to miss anything you've written!). I think there is great potential for Kana to show up in a future novel. She was an awesome character and I would love to know more about her!

    Can't wait to see what Starry Nights brings (and everything after that!!)


    1. Hi Sara. I'm so happy to hear you husband beat cancer!!! Woohoo! Best news ever. And I love Kana too - I'd love to write a novel about her! I hope you enjoy Starry Nights!

  4. I stopped reading for a while but this book sparked my interest in reading again. I wish that you will make a sequel to this book but probably not going to happen because I read that this was a inspiration from a person and not fiction kind of book. Overall, It was really great book to read. It kind of gets depressing midway through the book but the ending is really good.