The Forgetting Time: A Novel

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“What if what you did mattered more because life happened again and again, consequences unfolding across decades and continents?...A relentlessly paced page-turner and a profound meditation on the meaning of life.”
—Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan Train

What happens to us after we die? What happens before we are born? At once a riveting mystery and a testament to the profound connection between a child and parent, The Forgetting Time will lead you to reevaluate everything you believe...

What would you do if your four-year-old son claimed he had lived another life and that he wants to go back to it? That he wants his other mother?

Single mom Janie is trying to figure out what is going on with her beloved son Noah. Noah has never been ordinary. He loves to make up stories, and he is constantly surprising her with random trivia someone his age has no right knowing. She always chalked it up to the fact that Noah was precocious—mature beyond his years. But Noah’s eccentricities are starting to become worrisome. One afternoon, Noah’s preschool teacher calls Janie: Noah has been talking about shooting guns and being held under water until he can’t breathe. Suddenly, Janie can’t pretend anymore. The school orders him to get a psychiatric evaluation. And life as she knows it stops for herself and her darling boy.

For Jerome Anderson, life as he knows it has already stopped. Diagnosed with aphasia, his first thought as he approaches the end of his life is, I’m not finished yet. Once an academic star, a graduate of Yale and Harvard, a professor of psychology, he threw everything away to pursue an obsession: the stories of children who remembered past lives. Anderson became the laughing stock of his peers, but he never stopped believing that there was something beyond what anyone could see or comprehend. He spent his life searching for a case that would finally prove it. And with Noah, he thinks he may have found it.

Soon, Noah, Janie, and Anderson will find themselves knocking on the door of a mother whose son has been missing for eight years. When that door opens, all of their questions will be answered.

Gorgeously written and fearlessly provocative, Sharon Guskin’s debut explores the lengths we will go for our children. It examines what we regret in the end of our lives and hope for in the beginning, and everything in between.

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SHARON GUSKIN lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons. She has been a fellow at Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and Ragdale, and has degrees from Yale University and the Columbia University School of the Arts.The Forgetting Time is her first novel.
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Flatiron Books
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Published on
Feb 2, 2016
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781250076434
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English
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Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Literary
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¿Qué harías si tu hijo te dijera que ha vivido otra vida y quiere regresar a ella, que quiere volver con su otra madre?

Janie sabe que con su hijo Noah nada es fácil. Por las noches sufre pesadillas tan espantosas que incluso ella se asusta. Todo el mundo le dice que es una fase pasajera, pero la situación solo parece empeorar. Hasta que un día Janie recibe la llamada del colegio para que vaya a recogerlo de inmediato. Y la vida se para.

Para el psiquiatra Jerome Anderson la vida tal y como la conocía también se ha detenido. Su médico le ha confirmado que le queda poco tiempo, pero Jerome no piensa que todo esté acabado. Ha dedicado su vida a buscar algo más allá de lo que todos pueden ver o percibir. Y con Noah cree que lo ha encontrado.

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¿Qué sucede tras la muerte?

El otro hijo es una historia emotiva y llena de suspense marcada por el profundo vínculo que se crea entre una madre y su hijo.

La crítica ha dicho...
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Kate Morton, autora de El jardín olvidado

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BBC

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People

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