Apr 1, 2013

A to Z - The Art of Forgetting

Welcome to A to Z! This year, I'm highlighting women's fiction books (and probably instilling a decent amount of cover love in the process).

A is for The Art of Forgetting by Camille Noe Pagan.



Synopsis from Goodreads: Marissa Rogers never wanted to be an alpha; beta suited her just fine. Taking charge without taking credit had always paid off: vaulting her to senior editor at a glossy magazine; keeping the peace with her critical, weight-obsessed mother; and enjoying the benefits of being best friends with gorgeous, charismatic, absolutely alpha Julia Ferrar.

And then Julia gets hit by a cab. She survives with minor obvious injuries, but brain damage steals her memory and alters her personality, possibly forever. Suddenly, Marissa is thrown into the role of alpha friend. As Julia struggles to regain her memory- dredging up issues Marissa would rather forget, including the fact that Julia asked her to abandon the love of her life ten years ago- Marissa's own equilibrium is shaken.

With the help of a dozen girls, she reluctantly agrees to coach in an after-school running program. There, Marissa uncovers her inner confidence and finds the courage to reexamine her past and take control of her future.

Disclaimer about this book - the first cover that was on it made it seem that the story would focus on the dancer, Julia.  But that isn't the case.  This is the story of Marissa, a woman who I would swear was myself fictionalized. It isn't a hard book to read, and there were many times I laughed out loud because of the reality depicted. This book also highlights the complications that can arise from traumatic brain injuries that don't show up like you think. I finished this book and felt like Marissa and I could be best friends.

 Have you read The Art of Forgetting? Do you have another book that deals with friendship that you love?


21 comments :

Catherine Noble said...

Sounds like an excellent read! I often wonder whether we should all re-examine and reconfigure ourselves from time to time, and it sounds like this book delves into that nicely. Looking forward to the rest of your A to Z blog posts, Tasha :)

Dani said...

The title sounds like the theme of my life. And my TBR list gets longer!

Laura said...

I have to read this- sounds fab..
Lx

Blogging AtoZ @ChickLitLove

JeffO said...

I have not read this, but it sounds intriguing.

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

Sounds like a good book, a good post for the onset of the challenge.

Yvonne.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I haven't read it, but the story sounds wonderful.

michelle said...

It sounds like a great story.
And I like the fact that it highlights something that the normal man-in-the-street would be unaware of - possible complications resulting from brain injuries...
Thanks for sharing.

J. A. Bennett said...

Very cool premise! I'm have a feeling my TBR list is going to grow!

Robin said...

Friendships-they're so intriguing to read about-esp. when you throw in a little brain injury:) Adding this one to my TBR list.

Jaimie said...

Haven't read it, but it sounds really interesting! Great start to the Challenge. :)

Jaimie
Living in the Light
A to Z Ambassador

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry, I haven't read that one.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Brain injuries can cause some really bizarre effects.

Julie Luek said...

One of my favorite genres-- I'll be looking forward to your posts this month.

Daniel B. said...

I can't remember why I'm here...oh, yeah: because you rock and it's A to Z month.

Thanks for the recommendation--probably not my cup of tea, but I can think of a few people for whom it would be, and I'm going to pass it along.

Best of luck this month!

Andrew Leon said...

Bah, I'm not going to have read any of these or, probably, even heard of them :(

Cassie Mae said...

I've been looking for a few good women's lit reads :) I haven't read this one, so it's going on the TBR!

Donna K. Weaver said...

I've never heard of this book but I will need to add it to my to-read list.

Arlee Bird said...

I like the title and the concept sounds like one with possibilities. Good start for the A to Z.

Lee
Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

Sounds like a great book. I am adding it to my to read list.

Nicole said...

Always nice to learn about new books!

Marjorie Romeyn-Sanabria said...

I always find myself vacillating between alpha and beta.
I would be very interested to see how the dynamic of these two women plays out over the course of the novel.