The Original 1982: A Novel

The Original 1982: A Novel

by Lori Carson


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The Original 1982: A Novel by Lori Carson

The Original 1982 is the wise and memorable debut novel of love, regret, music, and motherhood, by singer and songwriter Lori Carson of the Golden Palominos.

It’s 1982, and Lisa is a 24-year-old waitress in New York City, an aspiring singer/songwriter, and girlfriend to a famous musician. That year, she makes a decision, almost without thinking about it.

But what if what if her decision had been different?

In a new 1982, Lisa chooses differently. Her career takes another direction. She becomes a mother. She loves differently—yet some things remain the same.

Alternating between two very different possibilities, The Original 1982 is a novel about how the choices we make affect the people we become—and about how the people we are affect the choices we make.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062245298
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Edition description: Original
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 7.86(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Lori Carson is a singer-songwriter whose albums include Shelter, Where It Goes, Everything I Touch Runs Wild, and Another Year. A former member of the seminal band The Golden Palominos, she has contributed to the sound tracks of Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty, Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days, Keith Gordon's Waking the Dead, and others. The Original 1982 is her first novel.

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'A New Life in 1982' Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you could go back and do it all over again? If you have, then you’ll race through this book that does exactly that. Author (and singer/songwriter) Lisa Carson’s The Original 1982 is way of rewriting her life after having an abortion (this is on page 3 and is all over Goodreads, so it’s not a spoiler). Addressed to the daughters he never had, Lisa constructs an entire life for her daughter and herself from the early days of pregnancy and on through high school. Steeped in the reality that not everything is always rosy, Lisa’s daughter endures the trials and tribulations that the average girl experiences  (and then some). This was, perhaps, my favorite part about the story because when you’re rewriting your own life, you can make it anything you want it to be and Lisa opted to stay in the realm of the possible. While the description of the book makes it seem as if there is a lot of flipping back and forth between the original 1982 and the real one, the book mostly takes place in the fictitious version of the story. There are times when Lisa punctuates a story with what happened in her real life to keep the reader grounded, but mostly it served to remind me that this girl never existed. When I finished this book, I felt like I needed to go through a mourning period. I mourned the loss of Lisa’s fake life, but mostly I mourned the loss of her daughter (this isn’t some sort of veiled hint at what happened in the book; I mean that I mourned her loss because she was never real). Lisa crafted a life for her daughter that was so real and palpable that I rode the roller coaster of emotions right along with the both of them. If you’re like me, you’ve probably never heard of Lisa Carson. Turns out, she’s a musician, has a few albums, and her life in the book parallels her real life (even her made-up life is laced with truths). But when read the book, I recommend listening to some of her music first just so that you can get an idea of who she is. There are several references to her music and style of singing and it will help you get your bearings.