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Nothing Is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn: A Novel (Paperback)

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From critically acclaimed author Alice Mattison, “a charmer” (New York Times) whose “voice is like that of no one else writing today” (Kirkus)—comes a profoundly moving meditation on love, friendship, and the unforgotten past

One quiet spring day in 1989, Constance Tepper arrives from Philadelphia to watch over her mother's Brooklyn apartment and her orange cat. Con's mother, Gert, has left town to visit her old friend Marlene Silverman in Rochester. Marlene has always seemed alluring and powerful to Con, and ever since Con was a little girl, the long-standing bond between Gert and Marlene has piqued her curiosity. Now she finds herself wondering again what keeps them together.

Con's week in Brooklyn will take a surprising turn when she wakes to find that someone has entered her mother's apartment and her own purse is missing. Stranded, with no money, she begins to phone family and friends. By the end of that week, she will experience a series of troubling discoveries about her marriage, her job, and her family's history, and much of her life will be changed forever.

In the fall of 2003, now living in Brooklyn and working as a lawyer, Con has almost forgotten that strange and shattering week. But a series of unsettling reminders and surprising discoveries—including traces of a lost elevated train line through Brooklyn—will lead to grief, love, and more questions. At last, a confrontation between Marlene and Con's daughter will unravel some of the mysteries of the past.

About the Author

Alice Mattison is the award-winning author of four story collections and five novels, including Nothing Is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn. She teaches fiction in the graduate writing program at Bennington College in Vermont and lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Praise For…

“[A] jigsaw puzzle of love, trust, betrayal, and culpability. . . . Worth the journey.”
New York Times Book Review

“A delightfully suspenseful domestic drama. . . . Mattison’s novel summons the same exhilarating feeling as sitting on a stoop on a sultry New York City evening, enraptured by a neighbor’s gripping tale.”
— New York Post

“A dark comedy of manners with even darker midlife family suspense. . . . [A] fascinating epistolary device acts as a tempting breadcrumb trail through the women’s lives and leads to the wrenching denouement. . . . The overarching examination of friends and family is captivating.”
Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061430558
ISBN-10: 0061430552
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: September 16th, 2008
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: P.S.