Nothing Is Quite Forgotten In Brooklyn: A Novel

Paperback | September 16, 2008

byAlice Mattison

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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.

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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-stand...

Alice Mattison is the award-winning author of four story collections and five novels, includingNothing Is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn. She teaches fiction in the graduate writing program at Bennington College in Vermont and lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:September 16, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061430552

ISBN - 13:9780061430558

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Shock I Already Saw Coming... I was intrigued by Mattison's story about family and family secrets. I picked it up, but found that it was a little hard to get into. The first three-quarters of the novel are pretty slow paced, and the big climax I had already anticipated! Mind you, once I started reading the final part, I couldn't put the novel down. Mattison has a wonderful voice. In her writing, she reminds the reader that this is a novel, by drawing attention to the fact that she is telling Con's story. She tells her story in two different time periods (1989 and 2003) and she successfully draws them together into a full circle novel, with the return of Con's purse and the connections between the two days when the story unfolds. However, as a reader, I found it a little difficult to believe that Con had no recollection of the events that occurred 14 years earlier. Mattison seems to imply that Con has pushed many details out of her memory. And some of Mattison's far-fetched ideas are exactly what makes her storyline possible.
Date published: 2009-06-23

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“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.”