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The Forgetting Time

The Forgetting Time

A Novel

Sharon Guskin; read by David Pittu and Susan Bennett

Macmillan Audio


Noah wants to go home. A seemingly easy request from most four year olds. But as Noah's single-mother, Janie, knows, nothing with Noah is ever easy. One day the pre-school office calls and says Janie needs to come in to talk about Noah, and no, not later, now - and life as she knows it stops.

For Jerome Anderson, life as he knows it has stopped. A deadly diagnosis has made him realize he is approaching the end of his life. His first thought - I'm not finished yet. Once a shining young star in academia, a graduate of Yale and Harvard, a professor of psychology, he threw it all away because of an obsession. Anderson became the laughing stock of his peers, but he didn't care - something had to be going on beyond what anyone could see or comprehend. He spent his life searching for that something else. And with Noah, he thinks he's found it.

Soon Noah, Janie and Anderson will find themselves knocking on the door of a mother whose son has been missing for eight years - and when that door opens, all of their questions will be answered.

Sharon Guskin has written a captivating, thought-provoking novel that explores what we regret in the end of our lives and hope for in the beginning, and everything in between. In equal parts a mystery and a testament to the profound connection between a child and parent, THE FORGETTING TIME marks the debut of a major new talent.

The program features an interview with the author.


On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, on the bleakest day of the worst February in memory, Janie made what would turn out to be the pivotal decision of her life: she decided to take a vacation.

Trinidad was not the best...

Praise for The Forgetting Time

"Susan Bennett, portraying Janie, and David Pittu, portraying Dr. Anderson, create a thought-provoking listening experience. Bennett employs a whole range of emotions, from anger and confusion to peace and acceptance as Janie tries to find answers for her troubled child. Pittu gives a nuanced voice to the psychiatrist, who is racing to regain his reputation and defend his past-life theory before he succumbs to a devastating health problem."

"Because the story is told in third person, there’s some overlapping of character portrayals. It’s a testimony to the narrators’ skills that these dual characterizations enrich and reinforce rather than detract from the telling. The pitch-perfect vocalizations add the perfect touch of drama and emotion to the complex story and vividly drawn characters, making it a memorable listening experience." -Booklist

Reviews from Goodreads

Sharon Guskin; read by David Pittu and Susan Bennett

SHARON GUSKIN lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons. She has been a fellow at Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and Ragdale, and has degrees from Yale University and the Columbia University School of the Arts.The Forgetting Time is her first novel.

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Sharon Guskin

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