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The Story of Forgetting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    What can I say?

    I have EOAD and found me in so much of the writing. A very well written book that reaches a depth difficult for some to fathom. Love the book and hope others who read it find the beauty in life Stefan has revealed.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

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    Once, I fell in love with everything an author wrote...

    Once, I fell in love with everything an author wrote filling 310 pages with a story of a boy's search for peace, for comfort with the agony of losing his mother to early onset Alzheimer's, facing the frightening possibility that he will take after her, follow her in loss-of family, friends, memories, and self. The story of his struggle intersects with the story of a decrepit old man stuck slowly waiting his life away, refusing to forget, grasping on to his painfully beautiful memories-allowing them to be his hope against a weathered lonely reality in fast-changing surroundings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2009

    this is what good writing is

    If Wally Lamb is coffee, Stefan Merrill Block is espresso. We're talking a cream of the crop writer. Fascinating, sad, encouraging, a bunch of ups and downs drawing an expansive and complex canvas of a book. I'll be on the lookout for his next book. This book is not for those looking for fluff. It is a satisfying experience to read this. Highly recommended for the right person willing to delve deep.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    A beautiful hunchback, a brainy kid, and the ties that bind

    This book won me over from the very start. Stefan Merrill Block creates a realistic and achingly beautiful picture of an old man, Abel, full of grief and regret, but ultimately full of love. A very different young boy, Seth, has his own grief, over his mother's early-onset Alzheimer's, and his own deep love for his mother. This sets Seth off on a quest to discover both more about his mother's disease and her history. The only real clue he has to both of these are the beautifully told Stories of Isidora--stories Abel also knows, even though the two have no knowledge of one another. The ways that Block brings these two characters together, and the discoveries made along the way, are told in a unique, almost lyrical style.
    One of my favorite books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2008

    The Story of Forgetting is unforgettable!

    Hard to believe this novelist is a first-timer. He has a beauty of description and characters that are wonderfully real. This is NOT just a story of early onset Alzheimer's - if you're looking for a how-to book for family members of patients, this isn't the book for you. This is a carefully crafted work of fiction that deals with the disorder with as much lively imagination as Jeffrey Eugenides did when he wrote about intersexuality in 'Middlesex.' Stefan Merrill Block is a novelist to watch, and this novel is one to read. I originally picked it up at my local library, but loved it so much, I'm buying it. I need to have excellent books like this on my bookshelf to read again.

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