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When Anna, now living in California, is contacted by the Italian lover she knew decades before, she recalls their affair and the child she gave up for adoption. As the episode returns to haunt her—threatening the life she’s built, including her marriage—the story moves back in time to her youth in Europe.
Rome, 1979. Anna, twenty-two and living abroad, is involved with a man already engaged to be married. When she meets and befriends his fiancée, she is forced to confront the moral consequences of her actions. But an unexpected pregnancy, an anonymous letter, and threatening relatives complicate the picture. A novel in which an unconventional heroine, far from home, is forced to reckon with the judgment of others.
A Note From the Publisher
"Fans of Emma Straub, Anne Tyler, and Liane Moriarty will adore Levine’s treatment of domestic drama and how she brings light to the dusty corners of marriage and motherhood....an intricately layered, deeply heartfelt, and bittersweet novel."--Booklist, starred review
“…absorbing and entertaining….Levine’s writing is sparkling and clear. Nothing Forgotten is an example of women’s fiction at its best….enjoyable, memorable, and thought-provoking all at once.”—Foreword Reviews
“If you’ve ever dreamed of having an Italian romance, Jessica Levine’s Nothing Forgotten is the next best thing . . . and maybe better . . .”
—LAURA FRASER, author of An Italian Affair
“Levine expertly crafts a sense of place in late twentieth century Rome. With unexpected plot twists and no easy answers, Nothing Forgotten concludes with a satisfying mix of love, loss, pleasure, and pain.”
—BARBARA STARK NEMON, author of Even in Darkness
mystical, Anna tells her tale of romance in Italy and the impossible choices
made for love with the frank intimacy of a best friend. Consuming and
thought-provoking; I couldn't put it down!”
—MICAH PERKS, author of What Becomes Us
THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE
A Booklist Top 10 Women’s Fiction Title for 2015
“The Geometry of Love charts the love triangle between Julia, Ben, and Michael as all three search for the answers to life’s most heartfelt questions. Spanning 1987 to 2004, the novel’s scope and sweeping character arcs will appeal to fans of Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings….Julia’s emotions, insecurities, and pleasures are laid bare and recall Isadora Wing in Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying….An outstanding first novel.”—Booklist, starred review
"Jessica Levine knows relationships. In THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE, Levine artfully weaves the story of one woman's desire for passion, art and love and her conflicting needs of comfort, security and stability. A universal tale written by a compassionate writer whose gentle love of her characters shines throughout this book."
¾Ann Garvin, author
of ON MAGGIE'S WATCH
"Unfulfilled love and attraction can resonate over decades, affecting our choices of who we love, what we create, and ultimately who we are. In this novel of relationships, Jessica Levine offers a strong heroine in Julia, a woman who wants to be honorable even as she wrestles with her wilder side and the undertow of longing. We root for her as she tries to do the right thing, which in the end is best chosen by the heart…a fine literary debut that weaves psychological wisdom into an entertaining love story."¾Virginia Pye, author of RIVER OF DUST
“[A] sharp look at one woman’s impassioned attempts at self-realization in both love and art.”
—Nicole Bonia, Bloggers Recommend
“Dive into this complex Möbius strip of a novel to enter Julia’s mind as she contends with thoughts of creativity’s source, of the importance of erotic love, of family, and of the price of infidelity. Read this novel to see how the geometry of love with its triangles and linear equations can lead to one plus one becoming two or perhaps to much more.”—Hungry for Good Books?
“[L]yrical and realistic….Julia is a compelling and relatable protagonist….”—Foreword Reviews
“A chance encounter with Michael…makes Julia question everything she has done with her life. What would her life be like if she had been with Michael instead of Ben? As she and Michael reconnect she must decide which way her life should go. Read this beautifully written book to find out if Julia remains honorable and stays married or if she throws everything away for her one true love.”—Staff Reads at the Harris-Elmore & Genoa Branch Libraries (OH)