The Forgetting Time and The Power of Memory

Would you rather remember or forget? Are memories a curse or a blessing? What if your memories were not truly your own? What would you do if you were going to forget?  

Sharon Guskin’s debut novel The Forgetting Time takes you through a journey that questions the power of memories. Unlike The Notebook, Guskin’s The Forgetting Time is not a love story, but a story of love. It is a story about mother’s love, and the lengths a mother would go to for her child.

This beautifully written novel toes the line between mystery and general fiction, as it juggles between reincarnation and dementia. Three unrelated adults are drawn together by one innocent child. A compelling story of irony—about the curse of memories and the fear of forgetting—captivates readers in this riveting tale about Noah. Dr. Anderson gradually forgets his words, and Noah remembers names and things a four-year-old boy would otherwise not know.

Guskin uses a third-person omniscient narrative and a mysterious tone in setting up the puzzle of her debut novel. Every chapter ends with a question enough to make you turn the next page and keep reading for the answer. True enough, it’s a real page-turner you might just read all 350 pages in one sitting (I know I did)! The beginning might sound cliché, and as a reader you may already expect what’s to come. But Guskin proves that extraordinary explainations are not required to break clichés and provide closure.

Overall, Sharon Guskin’s debut novel captures the spirit of motherhood, yet does not sound cliché. It makes readers question the possibility of reincarnation, and see the silver-lining in even the worst scenarios. You don’t have to believe in reincarnation to be captivated by this book, and despite the title, Sharon Guskin’s debut will not be forgotten soon.

(Taken from my own 800-word review of the same novel)

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