The Forgetting Time

The Forgetting Time

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A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.

Noah is four and wants to go home. The only trouble is he's already there.

Noah is a little boy who knows things he shouldn't and remembers things he should have forgotten. Because as well as being a four-year-old called Noah, he remembers being a nine-year-old called Tommy.

He remembers his house.
His family.
His mother.

And now he wants to go home.

Two boys. Two mothers.
One unforgettable story . . .

'When I wasn't reading Sharon Guskin's The Forgetting Time, I was itching to return to it' - Jodi Picoult, author of Small Great Things.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 25mm | 300g
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed
  • 1509806814
  • 9781509806812
  • 52,303

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If you took to The Lovely Bones, you'll be completely engrossed by The Forgetting Time InStyle
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Sharon Guskin's debut is an incredible Russian doll of a novel, beginning as a seemingly ordinary story of maternal struggle, it soon unfurls into a fascinating tour of reincarnation, a compelling murder mystery, and an examination of the familial bond. Like Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, at its core it really is just superb fiction * The Herald * A compelling, dynamic, and intriguing debut novel * American Booksellers Association * A near perfect book club read. It has the essential ingredient: a controversial theme guaranteed to provoke discussion among readers (a trait it shares with Jodi Picoult's bestsellers) * The Bookseller * Captivating * Book of the Month, Candis * Readers will be galvanized by Guskin's sharply realized and sympathetic characters with all their complications, contradictions, failures, sorrows, and hope. Deftly braiding together suspense, family drama, and keen insights into the workings of the brain, Guskin poses key and unsettling questions about love and memory, life and death, belief and fact * Booklist * A cracking read * Prima * A spellbinding ride. Guskin's beautifully rendered and wonderfully told novel explores the mysteries of how we connect to one another in the deepest of ways. An amazing book -- Mary Morris, author of The Jazz Palace Provocative and suspenseful * * A bold, captivating debut . . . Guskin amps up the suspense while raising provovative questions about the maternal bond and its limits . . . You'll be mesmerized * People Magazine * The kind of book that will make you do a big ugly cry * Red Online * A magical, wise, page-turner of a novel that brings to mind the early work of Alice Hoffman. I absolutely loved it. A very moving, soulful, and beautifully-made debut -- Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of Devotion What if what you did mattered more because life happened again and again, consequences unfolding across decades and continents? . . . The Forgetting Time is about memory and forgetting, grieving and letting go, and the lengths a mother will go to for her child -- Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan Train Gripping, deft and moving * New York Times * Amazing . . . An epic story about relationships * Elle * Sharon Guskin's debut is the literary equivalent of the sensation you get when, after stargazing from some hillside on a clear night, you're suddenly hit with the terrifying and exhilarating scope of the unknowable. A truly remarkable, dizzying and exquisite page-turner -- Tea Obreht Original, gripping and moving -- you'll be hooked from the start * Essentials Magazine * A beautiful tale of the bond between a mother and her young son as well as a gripping mystery . . . Reading The Forgetting Time becomes a personal journey as you try to remember all that you've forgotten -- Diane Chamberlain For fans of The Lovely Bones, this psychological mystery will have you hooked until the case is closed * Cosmopolitan * Irresistible . . . Part mystery and part meditation on a mother's love for her child, this clever, heartfelt book kept me turning pages long into the night * Kate Morton * When I wasn't reading The Forgetting Time, I was itching to return to it. And when I was reading it, my mind was exploding with questions about what's possible, what's probable, and how our lives are caught between the two. Provocative, evocative, and fresh, Guskin's book is an explosive debut -- Jodi Picoult If you took to The Lovely Bones, you'll be completely engrossed by The Forgetting Time * InStyle *
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About Sharon Guskin

Sharon Guskin has degrees from Yale University and the Columbia University School of the Arts, and has worked as a writer and producer of prize-winning documentary films.

She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two sons. The Forgetting Time is her first novel.
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18,193 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 21% (3,855)
4 45% (8,129)
3 28% (5,015)
2 5% (985)
1 1% (209)
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