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The Forgetting Time, by Sharon Guskin

Forgetting Time

The Forgetting Time

By Sharon Guskin

Flatiron Books, 2016

357 pages

I love a literary page turner. A  story with just enough mystery to keep me wondering, while also enjoying the rich language and more fully developed characters than is found in commercial fiction. One of my favorite debuts in this category is Celeste Ng’s, Everything I Never Told You. The Forgetting Time is a new favorite.

Janie Zimmerman is a single mom with a unique four-year-old. She got pregnant during a one-night stand while on vacation in Trinidad. She now balances her work as an architect with the energy needed to raise her son Noah. She loves Noah, feels connected to him, but there is a side to him she doesn’t understand. Noah has terrible nightmares and talks about things Janie knows he has never experienced, like reading Harry Potter books and another “mommy.”  After the director of his preschool tells Janie that Noah is no longer welcome in the school, and also suggests he needs therapy, Janie sets off on a journey to discover what is different about her son. She connects with Jerome Anderson, an aging psychiatry professor, who is also an expert on past lives.

I don’t want to give away what happens, as Guskin weaves a beautiful story, but with Jerome, Janie begins to see her son, and the world, in a new way. This book has an intriguing otherworldly set up and a twisting plot that kept surprising me as the story unfolded.

The book explores the mother – son relationship and the idea of when do our lives begin –at birth or are we connected to a longer lifeline? It also explores the extent to which we are influenced by nature or nurture and what it means to have a child and to also lose one. The book read to me like a movie and I got so gripped that I finished it in two sittings. If you enjoy a family mystery and are open to the idea that life does not begin at birth, I think you will enjoy Guskin’s tale.

Guskin lives in Brooklyn was briefly was a member of my writers group. I feel lucky to have met her in person. Check out this lovely conversation she had with a fellow writer about getting her debut into the world.

 

 

 

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Debut authors read in Brooklyn

Two writers I know, and who have been a part of my New York-based writers group, are reading in Brooklyn from their debut novels this month.

Sharon Guskin will read from The Forgetting Time at her book launch at the Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO on February 3rd. The book is about a four-year old boy, Noah, who has nightmares that signal something deeper than a sleep disorder. His mother and a psychiatry professor set off on a journey to find the root of Noah’s dreams.

Guskin will be going on a book tour after the Brooklyn reading, including stops in Wisconsin, Washington State, California and Florida. Check out her tour dates, if you are near any of those cities.

And Leland Cheuk, who I interviewed on the site last year, will be reading at an event sponsored by the NY Writers Coalition at BookCourt on February 15th. His novel, The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong, recounts a dysfunctional Asian-American family in which a father and son vie for power. Cheuk will also be going on book tour in March, to Seattle and California. You can find his dates on his website.

 

 

 

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