At twenty-four, Katie Gregory feels like life is looking up: she’s snagged a great job in New York City and is falling for a captivating artist—and memories of her traumatic past are finally fading. Katie’s life fell apart almost a decade earlier, during an idyllic summer at her family’s cabin on Eagle Lake when her best friend accused her father of sexual assault. Throughout his trial and imprisonment, Katie insisted on his innocence, dodging reporters and clinging to memories of the man she adores.
Now he’s getting out. Yet when Katie returns to the shuttered lakeside cabin, details of that fateful night resurface: the chill of the lake, the heat of first love, the terrible sting of jealousy. And as old memories collide with new realities, they call into question everything she thinks she knows about family, friends, and, ultimately, herself. Now, Katie’s choices will be put to the test with life-altering consequences.
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“A deeply moving story about friendship and love, yearning and passion, memory and loss. The Forgotten Hours is a brilliant debut from a writer of uncommon grace.”
Bill Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Saving Jacob
“As fictional characters go, Katie Gregory seems not so much imagined as compelled into being by the unique forces of the times—the perfect envoy to accompany you into the red hot cauldron of accused and accuser. That Katie is neither of these, but bound by love to both, makes her conflict the more gut-wrenching, and the possibilities the more terrifying. Add to this Schumann’s gift for knowing—and conjuring—her character’s heart, and you have a story that makes you feel it’s your heart at risk, your life on the line. You may lose track of these hours, but you won’t forget them.”
Tim Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of Descent
“THE FORGOTTEN HOURS poses a super-timely question: in a #MeToosituation, who would you side with, your accused family member or your best friend, the accuser? A relevant, compelling, and compassionate look at the torture of conflicted loyalties and the slipperiness of truth.”
Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Lost Family
With an elegance of style surprising in a first novel, Schumann shows how, in seeking truth about the past, the most treacherous secrets are those we keep from ourselves.
Carol Anshaw, New York Times bestselling author of Carry the One
“The Forgotten Hours is a wise reminder that ‘coming of age’ stories aren’t only for the very young. Katie Gregory’s need to confront her own youthful beliefs and desires is something familiar —and compelling— to us all. There is so much insight in these pages, so much compassion, all woven into a mystery I couldn’t put down.”
Robin Black, author of Life Drawing and If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This
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