|About the Book|
A love story, a mystery, and a memory guide, Past Forgetting shows a writers determination to re-create her life. Jill Robinson, novelist and author of Bed/Time/Story, wakes from a coma to discover shes lost her memory and just about any sense ofMoreA love story, a mystery, and a memory guide, Past Forgetting shows a writers determination to re-create her life. Jill Robinson, novelist and author of Bed/Time/Story, wakes from a coma to discover shes lost her memory and just about any sense of who she was. And is.She likes the look of the man standing next to her bed, but doesnt recognize that hes her husband, Stuart. What matters is that she feels safe around him. As she searches the house for her children, she is reminded that her son and daughter are both grown with families of their own--how well did she ever know them? Can You make up for a past you dont really remember?It is Stuart who begins to fill in the details for Jill, including the fact that shes a well-known writer, although when she meets with her doctors, they say she may never write again.Against all odds, Jill Robinson retrieved her unique writing voice, and in this engaging memoir shows how she does it. She takes us with her on her exploration oftlie connections between memory and creativity, celebrity and anonymity, and loss and discovery. From her first tentative steps outside her house on Wimpole Street to Londons sleek West End. From a trip to Oxford to discuss memory with a professor to her amazing voyage to Los Angeles on an assignment for Vanity fair which takes her back to the sixties world of Hockney, Polanski, and Hopper, Jill forges new paths to memory.In Past Forgetting, Jill Robinson rediscovers friendships she doesnt know she had: Robert Redford tells her stories about her childhood- at John Lahrs London literary teas, shes reintroduced to the writers world, and Cary Grant offers her memories of her father, Dore Schary. And being with Barbra Streisand reminds her of a time she doesnt quite remember: when her father was running MGM.In her urgent voyage to redefine herself, Jill asks all the questions youve ever asked on the nature of memory. Is recollection shadowed by emotion? Is memory an act of reinvention? Do people reinvent rather than recollect? In Past Forgetting youll find the answers and youll meet a writer you wont want to forget.