On a warm summer day in Berlin, Helena is hit by a truck while crossing the street. She awakens to the loving face of her husband Joachim. In addition to a few broken bones, she realizes she can't remember anything about the accident, or even the last few years leading up to it. Retrograde amnesia the doctors call it, and assure her that with time, she should regain her memory. At loose ends after another botched relationship, Joachim doesn'tintend to lie to his estranged wife, Helena. But when he realizes that she doesn't remember their separation, he can't bring himself to tellher. So he does what any rational man would do: he takes her home and pretends they were never apart. As the lies accumulate, Helena senses something isn't quite rightathat her husband is hiding something. When the outside world encroaches, Helena must face an unsettling truth and decide what the past will mean for their future. Is the past binding, orcanshego back and change what went wrong in their relationship? And if given the chance, would she even want to? Inher beautifullywritten debut novel, Kat Hausler weaves a haunting tale ofthe tenuous nature of love. -Kirkus Reviews- "A strongly written tale about resurrecting a marriage under the most unusual and mysterious of circumstances." -Nudge Books-(4 stars) "This disturbing, haunting and powerful story explores the minutiae of the relationship between the couple as they start to live together again . . . the ending was a masterpiece of the power of "less is more" in story-telling."
- Paperback | 270 pages
- 154 x 223 x 13mm | 350g
- 26 Sep 2017
- Meerkat Press
- Atlanta, United States
(4 stars) This disturbing, haunting and powerful story explores the minutiae of the relationship between the couple as they start to live together again . . . the ending was a masterpiece of the power of 'less is more' in story-telling - but if you want to know what it is, then you will have to read this wonderful novel. -- Nudge Books | Linda Hepworth
About Kat Hausler
Originally from Virginia, Kat Hausler is a graduate of New York University and holds an M.F.A. in Fiction from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she was the recipient of a Baumeister Fellowship. Her work has been published by 34th Parallel, Inkspill Magazine, All Things That Matter Press, Rozlyn Press, and BlazeVOX. Her novel Retrograde, which will be published by Meerkat Press in September 2017, was long-listed for the Mslexia Novel Competition. She works as a translator in Berlin.