LOVE WATER MEMORY
On the surface, this seems like a typical amnesia/reinvention story. Yet delving deeper, Shortridge’s novel is a poignant examination of the effect of the past, subtle variations of the truth and what it means to love another person.
Lucie Walker becomes aware that she is standing in the San Francisco Bay but has no memory of how she arrived there, even of her name or history. She is quickly identified by her fiancé, Grady, and he takes her back to their home in Seattle with the hope that Lucie will remember. Lucie isn’t the same person as when she left; things she discovers motivated and interested her seem foreign and puzzling. And Grady has a few things he hopes she doesn’t fully recall — but can Lucie heal if she doesn’t know the truth? (GALLERY, Apr., 336 pp., $26.00)