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THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING
by Kristen Harmel

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

2012 Mainstream Fiction Nominee

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This is the kind of book that stays with you weeks after completion. A seemingly typical Cape Cod domestic tale gives way to an incredible journey leading to an unexpected Holocaust subplot. The novel does not present an optimistic view; it’s a window into the horrors of the time. However, incredibly moving moments of unity and discovery serve as beautiful relief. The ending possesses a joyful finality yet also an extraordinary sense of sorrow that will no doubt bring tears to your eyes.

With a mother who recently succumbed to cancer, a surly teenage daughter and a bakery on the verge of closure, Hope McKenna Smith is just barely holding everything together. When Hope’s French grandmother gives her a list of names and birth dates and begs her to find them in France, she’s not sure if it’s just the Alzheimer’s talking. But when Hope finally makes the trek, she’s shocked to find a secret family history tied to the Holocaust. (GALLERY, Aug., 352 pp., $15.00)

Reviewed By: Leah Hansen

Publisher: GALLERY

Published: August 2012

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