Remind Me Again What Happened

Remind Me Again What Happened

by Joanna Luloff


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“There is a smudge where my memory is supposed to be.”

Claire wakes in a hospital room in the Florida Keys. She has no idea how she got there or why. The loss of so many memories is paralyzing. Some things she can piece together by looking at old photos saved by her husband, Charlie, and her best friend, Rachel, and by combing through boxes of letters and casual jottings. But she senses a mystery at the center of all these fragments of her past, a feeling that something is not complete. Is Charlie still her husband? Is Rachel still her friend?

Told from alternating points of view that pull the reader into the minds of the three characters, the story unfolds as the smudge that covers Claire’s memory is gradually, steadily wiped away, until finally she can understand the why and the how of her life. And then maybe she and Charlie and Rachel can move forward, but with their lives forever changed.

In Remind Me Again What Happened, debut novelist Joanna Luloff has written a moving and beautifully nuanced story of transience, the ebb and flow of time, and how relationships shift and are reconfigured by each day, hour, and minute.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565129221
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,193,819
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Joanna Luloff is the author of a story collection, The Beach at Galle Road, a Barnes & Noble Discover selection. She lives in Denver, where she teaches at the University of Colorado.

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Remind Me Again What Happened 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
marquis784MA 8 days ago
Remind Me Again What Happened by Joanna Luloff June 2018 Fiction Algonquin Books I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley and publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. What happens when all your memories from age 17-34 disappear? That’s exactly the situation Claire Scott faced when she learns it has been 3-months since she was admitted to the Lower Keys Medical Center in Florida. Claire was working as a journalist in India when she develops Japanese encephalitis from a mosquito bite. She suffered central nervous system damage with febrile seizures and consequent memory loss. The story is told through alternating perspectives of Claire, Charlie and Rachel. The trio developed a bond while in grad school. After Rachel’s parents die, Claire and Charlie move into her parent’s Boston brownstone to support Rachel. They are the best of friends until Charlie and Claire get married and move to Vermont. Through each character’s perspective you learn the past relationship was more complicated. Once Claire is medically stable they settle into a routine at Claire and Charlie’s home in Vermont to continue her rehabilitation. Rachel soon moves in to assist with her physical care and hopeful of rekindling her memories. They soon experience the frustration of Claire’s memory loss and fragile health. It seems Charlie and Rachel become overwhelmed by the past memories often filtering stories to Claire who senses that things don’t feel right. Life after a serious illness can be frustrating especially when having to overcome physical and mental obstacles. The story seemed disjointed and incomplete by the end. I felt frustrated and unsatisfied with the conclusion as there didn’t seem to be a resolution. I suppose it’s similar to what the characters felt in the book. Remind me again...
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LeslieLindsay More than 1 year ago
A stunning debut on friendship, love, identity, and memory, REMIND ME AGAIN WHAT HAPPENED is a thought-provoking mediation on what it means to 'be.' Lyrically and poetically rendered exploration of one woman's sense of self after she experiences Japanese encephalitis while on assignment in India and loses most of her memories. Claire wakes in a Florida hospital room with no idea how she got there. At her bedside is her husband, Charlie and her best friend, Rachel. But the loss of her memories is so paralyzing. Some things she can piece together by looking at old photos--some she took herself and others from her childhood--but Claire senses something is not quite right. Told in alternating POVs, the readers gets a sense of Claire, Rachel, and Charlie's views of a similar experience, begging the question: how well do we really remember things? How much of memories are purely subjective? And yet, at the heart of all this is the sense of a mystery--are we really who we say we are? What dictates that? I found the writing absolutely glimmered and felt a sort of gentle bouyancy as I read. Some may feel the reading experience is a little directionless--but I think that's done on purpose. REMIND ME AGAIN OF WHAT HAPPENED is reflective and meditative, a very interior read that will emphasize just how shared memories are truly very subjective, and ultimately, it's about who you were/are that shapes them. REMIND ME AGAIN OF WHAT HAPPENED is reminiscent of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP (S.J. Watson) in the loss of memory component, the husband, routine, seeing a therapist but REMIND ME AGAIN OF WHAT HAPPENED is *NOT* a psychological thriller but a literary read. I also found some similarities with Karen Brown's THE CLAIRVOYANTS and perhaps SOMETIMES I LIE (Alice Feeney). Overall, a haunting read that will make you think.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I found the concept of this novel deeply touching and complex. I think it would be difficult to be put in the position in which Claire finds herself, but the rolls of Rachael and Charlie are equally conflicted and convoluted. To find yourself on either side of this sort of diagnosis would be extremely hard to handle. I found this to be a very interesting idea to explore in the pages of this novel. I hope I never have to experience this sort of tragedy from either side of the problem however. Though only lightly touched on as background, the information on and photos of Pondicherry, the possibilities of Auroville, the snippets of information about this area of India were interesting and presented a side to modern India that I personally had not considered, before. Thank you. This is a novel found hard to put down. It is one I am happy to recommend to family and friends. I received a free electronic copy of this intriguing novel from Netgalley, Joanna Luloff, and Algonquin Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Remind Me Again What Happened by Joanna Luloff is a recommended debut novel about friendship and memories. Would you choose the same lover and friend if you lost all of your past shared memories with them? Claire is a journalist who has awakened in a hospital room in Florida. She has no memory of who she is and how she got there. Apparently she was bitten by a mosquito and contracted Japanese encephalitis while on an assignment overseas in India. She was lucky enough to survive, but part of the unlucky group of survivors who have lasting damage to their nervous systems. She suffers from seizures and a complete loss of memory. Her husband, Charlie, and best friend, Rachel, have flown in and brought photos, letters, and memories to help her. Once she is able to leave the hospital, she moves back to the house in Vermont with Charlie. Here Rachel and Charlie go through boxes of her things trying to help her remember who she is and her relationship to both of them. Claire, Charlie, and Rachel all shared a house years ago when they were in grad school. They have a long documented relationship with each other. So why does Claire have an uneasy feeling that the whole story isn't being told and that there are secret resentments being unsaid? A picture emerges that she is an independent and fearless woman, who travels overseas and does whatever it takes to get her story written. The novel unfolds through the alternating points-of-view and stories of the three main characters. With Claire's memory gone, do the three have any reason to continue a relationship with each other? Claire was distancing herself from Charlie before her illness. Rachel ruminates that it was Claire who led the continuing friendship between the three. While most long-term relationships require much forgiveness and forgetting of flaws, the myriad of details about each character's life make it clear that Charlie and Rachel haven't forgotten or forgiven past grievances and they are full of resentment. They aren't confronting Claire, but she senses it. Will Charlie and Rachel be able to help them all find a way to continue their relationship without any input from Claire? Basically the novel is well-written and the characters are all developed as individuals. For a rather short novel, however, it felt a bit longer because it is bogged down by all the backstory of the relationship between the three and you really begin to wonder why they remained friends. You may also find yourself secretly encouraging Charlie and Rachel to be honest and tell Claire the truth and help her truly remember her life. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Algonquin Books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago