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The Story of Forgetting

The Story of Forgetting

(2008)
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In Stefan Merrill Block's extraordinary debut, three narratives intertwine to create a story that is by turns funny, smart, introspective, and revelatory.

Abel Haggard is an elderly hunchback who haunts the remnants of his family's farm in the encroaching shadow of the Dallas suburbs, adrift in recollections of those he loved and lost long ago. As a young man, he believed himself to be 'the one person too many' ; now he is all that remains. Hundreds of miles to the south, in Austin, Seth Waller is a teenage 'Master of Nothingness' - a prime specimen of that gangly, pimple-rashed, too-smart breed of adolescent that vanishes in a puff of sarcasm at the slightest threat of human contact. When his mother is diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's, Seth sets out on a quest to find her lost relatives and to conduct an 'empirical investigation' that will uncover the truth of her genetic history. Though neither knows of the other's existence, Abel and Seth are linked by a dual legacy: the disease that destroys the memories of those they love, and the story of Isidora - an edenic fantasy world free from the sorrows of remembrance, a land without memory where nothing is ever possessed, so nothing can be lost.

Through the fusion of myth, science, and storytelling, this novel offers a dazzling illumination of the hard-learned truth that only through the loss of what we consider precious can we understand the value of what remains.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2009 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Story of Forgetting
Author(s): Stefan Merrill Block
ISBN: 1-4395-9863-0 / 978-1-4395-9863-4 (USA edition)
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January 2008 : UK Hardback
Title: The Story of Forgetting
Author(s): Stefan Block
ISBN: 0-571-23746-0 / 978-0-571-23746-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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May 2008 : UK Hardback
Title: The Story of Forgetting
Author(s): Stefan Block
ISBN: 0-571-24496-3 / 978-0-571-24496-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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April 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: The Story of Forgetting: A Novel
Author(s): Stefan Merrill Block
ISBN: 1-4000-6679-4 / 978-1-4000-6679-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

April 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The Story of Forgetting: A Novel
Author(s): Stefan Merrill Block
ISBN: 0-8129-7982-6 / 978-0-8129-7982-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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January 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: The Story of Forgetting
Author(s): Stefan Block
ISBN: 0-571-23748-7 / 978-0-571-23748-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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January 2009 : UK Perfect Paperback
Title: The Story of Forgetting
Author(s): Stefan Merrill Block
ISBN: 0-571-23954-4 / 978-0-571-23954-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber Ltd.
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April 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: The Story of Forgetting
Author(s): Stefan Merrill Block
ISBN: 0-571-23747-9 / 978-0-571-23747-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

July 2008 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Story of Forgetting: A Novel
Author(s): Stefan Merrill Block
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   

June 2008 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Story of Forgetting: A Novel
Author(s): Stefan Merrill Block
ISBN: 1-4001-0717-2 / 978-1-4001-0717-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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June 2008 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Story of Forgetting: A Novel
Author(s): Stefan Merrill Block
ISBN: 1-4001-3717-9 / 978-1-4001-3717-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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June 2008 : USA MP3 CD
Title: The Story of Forgetting: A Novel
Author(s): Stefan Merrill Block
ISBN: 1-4001-5717-X / 978-1-4001-5717-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Kindle Editions

April 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Story of Forgetting: A Novel
Author(s): Stefan Merrill Block
Publisher: Random House
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