Nothing Is Forgotten: A Novel

Nothing Is Forgotten: A Novel

by Peter Golden

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Nothing Is Forgotten: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Could not put down, brought back many memories and demonstrated my own ignorance! Have read many other books about these events, but this story made it much more real.
Anonymous 5 months ago
enjoyed going again to some of the places we'ved traveled to, especially New Jersey where we are from.
AmberK1120 More than 1 year ago
You know how sometimes you come across a book that’s within your wheelhouse of preferred genres and sounds like it could be interesting, so you pick it up with a mild caution in the back of your mind because even though it sounds interesting, it’s still a bit “may or may not be for me”? That was this book for me. I was mostly curious and mildly cautious. And then I started reading it and found myself so completely immersed in the storyline that I completely lost track of time. I binged the first half of the book in one sitting. Hashtag no regrets. I was drawn to this book because the storyline covers a mix of WWII and Russia, both of which are topics I’m very interested in. I read WWII fiction on a regular basis, and Russia is an enigma that I’m constantly trying to wrap my head around. Nothing Is Forgotten fueled both of those fires. It started with that nostalgic flare that comes with reading a book set in America in the 1950s, a story that reminds me what life was like for my grandparents when they were young adults, and quickly ratcheted to a level of adventure and suspense that had my mind spinning as I tried to connect all of the dots. I mean, it had the CIA, the KGB, people dying but maybe not really, and mysterious back stories. It was a thriller wrapped in a historical coming-of-age story, with a side of romance and lots of emotional family ties. There’s a quote from author Sarah McCoy on the back cover that sums it up perfectly: “. . . a Russian nesting doll of plot twists across continents and decades.” And surprise, surprise, I need to mention the characters. There were so many distinct personalities in this book. Everyone was very bold, with strong opinions and an unwillingness to back down from their beliefs. I appreciated that. It worked very well with the setting and time period. Had it been the other way, characters who were meek and just going with the flow, it would’ve ruined the story for me. There are so many big looming external forces working together and against one another in this story (for example, the CIA and the KGB), that it needed, or at least I needed, strong characters to push back against those powers. It was a great balance for my reading preferences. So as it turns out, my words are a lot less eloquent than I thought they’d be. I’m once again reviewing a book with the blubbering, rambling enthusiasm of someone who cannot be calm about it. But hey, at least you aren’t questioning whether or not I truly enjoyed it. (And really, this is my M.O., so it shouldn’t be a surprise.) Nothing Is Forgotten is a “highly recommend” for anyone looking to read a historical fiction story that ties together both the Holocaust and the Cold War. With scenes in New Jersey, Russia, and France, you won’t be bored.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: I shook my head, and he smiled a little sadly—the Russian smile, my grandmother called it, like a weak sun in a winter-gray sky. Named for Mark Twain, whose loathing of Tsarist Russia endeared him to the party, the students spent half the day immersed in the government-blessed curriculum in Russian and the other half taking courses in English, all while a portrait of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet state, stood guard on a wall of every classroom, glaring at the students as if accusing them of harboring the forbidden desire to own private property. “He is a real magician, my father.” “A magician? Like he pulls rabbits out of hats?” “Like he makes vodka disappear.” I had a new reaction. I imagined smashing the wine bottle over Stenka’s head. Visiting Dachau, I concluded, could make a Jew touchy. Of course, almost everyone loves dead Jews. Jesus was a Jew, no? It is the live Jews who seem to bother people. I feel like I wandered into the middle of a freakish play, and I can’t get off the stage. My Review: Peter Golden has created exceptionally compelling arrangements of words within these 353 pages. His beguiling selections of nouns, verbs, and adjectives were densely packed across two timelines and were highly intriguing, thoughtfully written, mysteriously emotive, poignantly insightful, spiritually devastating, yet highly compelling. His well-crafted storylines were lushly detailed and often held a weighty aura of melancholy, which resulted in a bruised and heavy heart, yet, oddly, I didn’t seem to mind. To deploy his own words out of reference, Mr. Golden is truly a “connoisseur of irony.” He sagely tucked in clever turns of mocking wit and deftly tossed in twists of levity with razor-sharp sarcasm, quips, and sardonic banter. His cunning use of humor felt like delightful treats and often erupted in the most expected of places. This was not an easy book to slice through given the disquieting subject matter, a large cast of unusual and disturbing characters, frequent use of foreign words and names, and unfamiliar cultural references; all of which left me ever so thankful for the translator and Wikipedia function on my tablet. However, I assure you, this masterfully penned tale was well worth the effort. I feel humbly and gratefully enlightened while having gleaned considerable and relevant knowledge in an entertaining manner. Peter Golden has mad skills and a new fan.
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
“Why does God write our stories in vanishing ink?” It’s a query presented by Michael Daniels’ grandmother Emma in the back of an art book he finds in her bookcase after she’s been killed in her workplace in South Orange NJ in the early 1960s. And in trying to figure out who is Grandmother actually WAS, he’s certainly not ready for the work that takes him all over the world to find out. Michael’s trying to figure this out connects him with CIA operatives, Holocaust survivors, Russian smugglers, artists, rogue assassins and Cold War Europe... and Yuli Kosoy, a young woman in Russia who is obsessed with all things American, including “Misha Daniov: The Mad Russian” his radio persona. This is the story about finding what’s missing; the things hidden in the vanishing ink. A thriller of utmost proportions, Golden takes you from South Orange New Jersey to Post War/Cold War Russian in a story that might leave you scratching your head as the puzzle pieces come together...or do they? I can’t begin to explain it without giving the plot away, but it is a book I recommend. 4/5 [disclaimer: I won this book in a contest and have chosen to review it]
HistFicFanatic More than 1 year ago
I only meant to read a page or two as I waited for my boys at the bus stop to get home from school, but Peter Golden's writing sucked me in and I was officially toast! Nothing is Forgotten is one powerfully moving novel, brilliant in execution, and an emotional roller coaster. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll root for the heroes and you'll fly through the pages to see if evil will finally get their due. I absolutely loved every page! I had so many passages highlighted on my eBook because there were so many good lines. Golden is a master storyteller, equally deft with action scenes as he is with the romance aspect of the book. I fell in love with Yuli, she reminded me of a female Jason Bourne. And like in the Jason Bourne movies we are taken on an International adventure to Amsterdam, Russia, France, Germany, and back to the US. And we get to meet Picasso! There was never a dull moment and it truly has everything I look for in a novel - danger, intrigue, mystery, romance, a smart & sassy leading woman, and a believable plot and Nothing is Forgotten had them all in spades. I am so excited to have found Peter Golden and I already ordered his other books. He's that good, folks! I highly recommend you checking out this book - you can thank me later :)
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
NOTHING IS FORGOTTEN is currently in my top five favorite books of all time, joining A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY, SHE'S COME UNDONE, GONE WITH THE WIND, and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. At times, the book is a thriller, others a mystery, and still others, a romance, but at all times, it's captivating, emotional, and incredibly well told. The story opens in Michael's childhood and reads like a memoir until his grandmother is killed, and then it takes off like a thriller wrapped in a mystery as Michael tries to figure out who killed his grandmother and why. His search for the truth takes him to Europe and Russia where he meets and falls for Yuli, a smuggler and defacto spy. Together they seek clues about the death of Emma, which only raises more questions and puts them both in danger. Plot Impeccably  researched, there is as much history as there is storytelling going on between the pages. The story is expertly plotted and moves along at a steady rate. The pace picks up speed at the climax and keeps it up until the very end. And that ending...wow. For me, it's perfect. Yes, I want to know what happens next, but I don't need to know. It's such a satisfying conclusion with just the right amount of uncertainty to allow me to imagine what comes after without feeling frustrated. The Characters The characters are a masterpiece. Michael, Yuli, Der Schmuggler...they're deep, nuanced, and intriguing. Throughout the story, Emma goes from being an enigma to someone fully fleshed out as the reader learns through Micheal's research who Emma really was. The characters seem so much a part of the era (late 1950s to 1960s), that I never once questioned the setting. Top Five Things I Loved About NOTHING IS FORGOTTEN 1. Yuli. She was by far my favorite character. She's so complex, strong and vulnerable, proud with fits of guilt, having lived through the horrors of the second World War, she's hard to identify with, but so easy to root for. 2. Michael. His optimistic Americanism is the polar opposite of Yuli's Eastern European post-war hopelessness. His quest to uncover the truth is both reckless and admirable, making him an absolutely fascinating protagonist. 3. History. I love history, but even more when it serves as a backdrop to a compelling story. The author's meticulous attention to detail made history come alive, leaving me wanting to learn more about the events of that time. 4. The ending. One of the best endings ever. 5. Storytelling. The way the story unfolds kept me glued to the pages, but the characters made me care about what happened. Bottom Line One of my all-time favorite novels. I will be reading more by Peter Golden. Disclaimer I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.