Story of Forgetting

Story of Forgetting

by Stefan Merrill Block
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Story of Forgetting by Stefan Merrill Block

In Stefan Merrill Block’s extraordinary debut, three narratives intertwine to create a story that is by turns funny, smart, introspective, and revelatory.

Abel Haggard is an elderly hunchback who haunts the remnants of his family’s farm in the encroaching shadow of the Dallas suburbs, adrift in recollections of those he loved and lost long ago. As a young man, he believed himself to be “the one person too many”; now he is all that remains. Hundreds of miles to the south, in Austin, Seth Waller is a teenage “Master of Nothingness”–a prime specimen of that gangly, pimple-rashed, too-smart breed of adolescent that vanishes in a puff of sarcasm at the slightest threat of human contact. When his mother is diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer’s, Seth sets out on a quest to find her lost relatives and to conduct an “empirical investigation” that will uncover the truth of her genetic history. Though neither knows of the other’s existence, Abel and Seth are linked by a dual legacy: the disease that destroys the memories of those they love, and the story of Isidora–an edenic fantasy world free from the sorrows of remembrance, a land without memory where nothing is ever possessed, so nothing can be lost.

Through the fusion of myth, science, and storytelling, this novel offers a dazzling illumination of the hard-learned truth that only through the loss of what we consider precious can we understand the value of what remains.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588366856
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 642,260
File size: 604 KB

About the Author

Stefan Merrill Block was born in 1982 and grew up in Plano, Texas. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. The Story of Forgetting is his first novel. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Story of Forgetting 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Of_Books_and_Birds More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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granitegirl More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.