Today, Great Thoughts has the exclusive cover reveal of The Forgotten Hours by Katrin Schumann. This evocative debut will be released in hardcover by Lake Union Publishing on February 1, 2019.
The Forgotten Hours by Katrin Schumann
At age twenty-four, Katie Gregory feels like she’s truly a grown-up—she’s embarking on a great career in New York City, has set up her own apartment, and thinks she may be falling in love with a captivating Israeli artist. Finally, she feels, the traumatic memories of her past are no longer holding her back. Katie’s life fell apart almost a decade earlier, during an idyllic summer at her family’s cabin on Eagle Lake when her best friend accused her father of sexual assault. Throughout his trial and imprisonment, Katie remained steadfast that her beloved dad was innocent, turning her back on her friend and a deaf ear to her accusations.
But now her father is being released from prison and needs her help, and with his requests come questions about what really happened that fateful night. Upon returning to the shuttered cabin, Katie is besieged by vivid memories: the chill of the lake at night, the heat of first love, and the terrible sting of jealousy. Seeing the past through the prism of new adulthood, Katie is forced to call into question everything she had once accepted as her reality, and she can no longer deny the need to uncover the unmitigated truth.
Here’s what other writers are saying about the book:
“A deeply moving story about friendship and love, yearning and passion, memory and loss. The Forgotten Hours is a brilliant debut from a writer of uncommon grace.”
~ Bill Landay, New York Timesbestselling author of Saving Jacob
“As fictional characters go, Katie Gregory seems not so much imagined as compelled into being by the unique forces of the times—the perfect envoy to accompany you into the red-hot cauldron of accused and accuser. That Katie is neither of these, but bound by love to both, makes her conflict the more gut-wrenching, and the possibilities the more terrifying. Add to this Schumann’s gift for knowing—and conjuring—her character’s heart, and you have a story that makes you feel it’s your heart at risk, your life on the line. You may lose track of these hours, but you won’t forget them.”
~ Tim Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of Descent
“The Forgotten Hours poses a super-timely question: in a #MeToo situation, who would you side with, your accused family member or your best friend, the accuser? A relevant, compelling, and compassionate look at the torture of conflicted loyalties and the slipperiness of truth.”
~ Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Lost Family
“The Forgotten Hours asks important questions about memory, adolescent understanding, the age of consent, and what men have gotten away with since time immemorial. Katrin Schumann has crafted a powerful tale for the #MeToo era which should resonate far beyond this cultural moment.”
~ Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet and June
“The Forgotten Hours is a wise reminder that ‘coming of age’ stories aren’t only for the very young. Katie Gregory’s need to confront her own youthful beliefs and desires is something familiar —and compelling— to us all. There is so much insight in these pages, so much compassion, all woven into a mystery I couldn’t put down.”
~ Robin Black, author of Life Drawing and If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This
About Katrin Schumann
Katrin Schumann is the author of the novel, The Forgotten Hours (Feb 1, 2019) and five nonfiction books. She has been featured multiple times on NBC’S Today, Talk of the Nationand in The Times(London), as well as other media outlets. For the past decade, Katrin has taught writing, most recently at GrubStreet (the largest writing center in the US) and in prisons. She helped design Grub’s program for debut authors, “The Launch Lab.” In 2019, Katrin will become the Program Coordinator of the Key West Literary Seminar.
Awarded scholarships to Oxford and Stanford, Katrin previously worked in television and radio, including National Public Radio (part-time) where she received the Kogan Media Award. She writes a monthly columnabout books, and can be found at katrinschumann.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @katrinschumann. Born in Germany and raised in Brooklyn and London, Katrin lives in Boston and Key West.
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