For months, we’d been calling Jennie Shortridge’s Love Water Memory the “book that got away.” Only choosing one book per month can often feel restrictive, and means that there are books we can’t pay proper attention. Love Water Memory fell into that category when it was published in April 2013.
It was a novel we read and fell in love with immediately. A traumatized woman. A secret buried within the folds of her unreliable memory. A man desperate to hold on to her, even as she slips away. And above all, the tender hope of second chances and genuine healing.
There was nothing neat and tidy about this novel. It was real and gritty and beautiful. We walked with Lucie and Grady through every achingly authentic step of their journey. So we jumped at the opportunity to choose it as our January book club selection when it’s released in paperback. We are confident that you will find Love Water Memory not only as delightful and compelling as we did, but also the perfect book to begin 2014.
We hope you’ll join us at She Reads in January—and all through the year—as we read and talk about the best in women’s fiction. We endeavor to make sure that you never wonder what to read again and that no book gets away. 2014 promises to be a rich year, full of wonderful selections, talented authors, and rich food for thought. www.shereads.org
A bittersweet masterpiece filled with longing and hope, Jennie Shortridge’s emotional novel explores the raw, tender complexities of relationships and personal identity.
Who is Lucie Walker? Even Lucie herself can’t answer that question after she comes to, confused and up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay. Back home in Seattle, she adjusts to life with amnesia, growing unsettled by the clues she finds to the selfish, carefully guarded person she used to be. Will she ever fall in love with her handsome, kindhearted fiancé, Grady? Can he devote himself to the vulnerable, easygoing Lucie 2.0, who is so unlike her controlling former self? When Lucie learns that Grady has been hiding some very painful secrets that could change the course of their relationship, she musters the courage to search for the shocking, long-repressed childhood memories that will finally set her free.