Coupon
The Forgetting Time
by Sharon Guskin


Overview -

What if what you did mattered more because life happened again and again, consequences unfolding across decades and continents? A relentlessly paced page-turner and a profound meditation on the meaning of life.
Christina Baker Kline, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Orphan Train"

"What happens to us after we die?  Read more...


 
Hardcover
  • $25.99
  • 20% off for Members: Get the Club Price
    $ 20.79

Add to Cart + Add to Wishlist

In Stock Online.

FREE Shipping for Club Members
 
> Check In-Store Availability

In-Store pricing may vary

 
 
New & Used Marketplace 51 copies from $3.29
 
Download

This item is available only to U.S. billing addresses.
 
 
 
 

More About The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
 
 
 
Overview

What if what you did mattered more because life happened again and again, consequences unfolding across decades and continents? A relentlessly paced page-turner and a profound meditation on the meaning of life.
Christina Baker Kline, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Orphan Train"

"What happens to us after we die? What happens before we are born? At once a riveting mystery and a testament to the profound connection between a child and parent, "The Forgetting Time "will lead you to reevaluate everything you believe "

What would you do if your four-year-old son claimed he had lived another life and that he wants to go back to it? That he wants his other mother?

Single mom Janie is trying to figure out what is going on with her beloved son Noah. Noah has never been ordinary. He loves to make up stories, and he is constantly surprising her with random trivia someone his age has no right knowing. She always chalked it up to the fact that Noah was precocious mature beyond his years. But Noah s eccentricities are starting to become worrisome. One afternoon, Noah s preschool teacher calls Janie: Noah has been talking about shooting guns and being held under water until he can t breathe. Suddenly, Janie can t pretend anymore. The school orders him to get a psychiatric evaluation. And life as she knows it stops for herself and her darling boy.

For Jerome Anderson, life as he knows it has already stopped. Diagnosed with aphasia, his first thought as he approaches the end of his life is, "I m not finished yet." Once an academic star, a graduate of Yale and Harvard, a professor of psychology, he threw everything away to pursue an obsession: the stories of children who remembered past lives. Anderson became the laughing stock of his peers, but he never stopped believing that there was something beyond what anyone could see or comprehend. He spent his life searching for a case that would finally prove it. And with Noah, he thinks he may have found it.

Soon, Noah, Janie, and Anderson will find themselves knocking on the door of a mother whose son has been missing for eight years. When that door opens, all of their questions will be answered.

Gorgeously written and fearlessly provocative, Sharon Guskin s debut explores the lengths we will go for our children. It examines what we regret in the end of our lives and hope for in the beginning, and everything in between."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781250076427
  • ISBN-10: 1250076420
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books
  • Publish Date: February 2016
  • Page Count: 368
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Fiction > Literary

 
BookPage Reviews

Piecing together a past life

Sharon Guskin’s debut novel is the tender story of a mother’s desperate struggle to heal her troubled child, artfully blended with an intriguing exploration of the world of the paranormal and the provocative question of whether consciousness can survive death.

When conventional therapy fails to alter or explain the disturbing behavior of her 4-year-old son, Noah, single mother Janie Zimmerman turns in despair to the Internet. There she discovers psychiatrist Jerome Anderson, whose unconventional research into the recall of prior lives has cost him respectability in his profession. Soon, their lives are linked in an effort to resolve Noah’s debilitating condition, a quest that takes them deep inside another family’s tragedy.

Though it’s wholly original, the tale of disappearance and death that lies at the core of The Forgetting Time summons the spirit of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones. Guskin adroitly maintains the pace of her mystery plot while simultaneously revealing the deepening emotional bonds between Janie and Noah and Anderson in a way that contrasts effectively with the novel’s more fantastic elements. She brings that same sensitivity to her portrayal of the grieving mother whose loss draws the trio to the climax of their quest.

Guskin acknowledges her debt to the work of a pair of real-life Jerome Andersons at the Division of Perceptual Studies of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, quoting striking case studies. Regardless of your skepticism or credulity about reincarnation, you’ll come away moved by this affecting tale of maternal love and the unbreakable cords of memory.

 

This article was originally published in the February 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
BAM Customer Reviews