Release Date: May 17, 2022
About The Book:
Eva wants to run away from her life—if only she could remember how.
Failing memory has forced Eva Gordon to move in with her granddaughter, Breezy. But Eva hates the bustle of Boston. All she wants to do is move back to her quiet, cozy Cape Cod home and be left alone.
Then Breezy announces she’s getting married, and they’ll be moving to her new husband’s rundown family farm, where he lives with an elderly uncle. They’ll be one big family—but only Breezy and Brent think it’ll be a happy one.
It’s all too much for Eva. Too much change, too much togetherness, too much of an over-crowded life she never wanted. But as her desire for privacy collides with her worsening memory, Eva may find herself in a pickle she can’t get out of.
About The Author:
Linda MacKillop writes fiction for both adults and young people, and creative nonfiction. Her articles and essays have appeared in books, magazines, and literary journals such as Under the Sun and Relief Journal. The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon is her first novel. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. As the mother of four adult sons, she and her husband live in an empty nest outside of Chicago. Visit her website at www.lindamackillop.com.
“[A] touching debut. . . . MacKillop takes the pain of aging and regret and infuses it with soul and a touch of humor. This auspicious first outing tugs at the heartstrings.” ― Publishers Weekly Published On: 2022-02-23
“On par with Olive Kitteridge! But where Olive woos, Eva Gordon captures. MacKillop’s characters landed in my bones, guts, heart–and took up residence. A poignant, utterly beautiful story of perspective and hope.
— Cheryl Grey Bostrom, award-winning author of Sugar Birds Published On: 2022-04-13
“A story about aging, caregiving, friendship, parenting, nostalgia, and dementia–and a delightfully memorable and flawed character who has made her fair share of mistakes in life. There is the kind of patience in the plot evolvement and character disclosure reminiscent of the writings of Marilynne Robinson.” — Jim Heynen, author of The Fall of Alice K. Published On: 2022-04-13
“Splendid! A novel full of life and transformation, as charming as a New England cottage by the sea. You can’t help but fall in love with spunky, hard-edged Eva Gordon and the others connected to Try Again Farm. Anyone living with regrets will appreciate the gentleness and grace of this story, and the permeating sense of love will stay with you long after the final page.” — Christine Kindberg, author of The Means That Make Us Strangers, Christy Award winner for YA Published On: 2022-04-13
“A stirring story of both great sorrow and great love . . . that reminds us that love is indeed redemptive. Much like Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon gives us a woman who begs to be hated but who, page by page, we find ourselves unable not to love.” Katherine James, author of A Prayer for Orion Published On: 2022-04-13
“With lyrical and heartwarming prose, The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon masterfully captures themes of redemption and renewal in person, home, and land. Prepare to be endeared to the unlovable and contemplate the profundity of the grace of memory.” — Katherine Elizabeth Clark, author of Where I End Published On: 2022-04-13
“Her memory may be rapidly failing, but seventy-five-year-old Eva Gordon’s sharp-tongued wit is ever-intact as she navigates nagging regrets and unspoken desires. Readers of all ages will recognize the enduring challenges of living with difficult childhood memories in an increasingly inscrutable present and will root for Eva, even in her harshest moments. Linda McKillop’s The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon is a big-hearted family saga, suffused with grace and kindness, featuring a cast of appealing characters who would be right at home in Jon Hassler’s Staggerford or Richard Russo’s Empire Falls. A quiet triumph of goodness.” — Adrienne Harun, author of A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain Published On: 2022-04-13
“A gently acerbic, absorbing, and deeply compassionate look at the disorientation and dislocation the elderly often face in their last years, and at those who face it with them. Eva is a captivating heroine, both prickly and poignant, and Mackillop is a wise and canny writer.” — Suzanne Berne, author of The Dogs of Littlefield Published On: 2022-04-13
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