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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451684835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451684834
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In the opening scene of Shortridge’s fifth novel, a Seattle woman is found standing knee-deep in the San Francisco Bay, dressed in a designer suit, her memory wiped clean. She soon learns that she is Lucie Walker—smart, organized, a bit of an ice queen, and engaged to marry Grady Goodall on her fortieth birthday. The new Lucie must rediscover the old one—not an easy task when she’s kept any details of her childhood from Grady, including how her parents died and why she no longer speaks to her aunt Helen. Shortridge skillfully crafts evocative settings, from the gardens of Seattle’s neighborhoods to the clean lines of Lucie’s furniture, and the complexities of a relationship mending itself amid so much mystery. Chapters alternate between Lucie, Grady, and Aunt Helen, who is the least frequent but strongest of the narrators, odd and off-putting but with a wonderful hint of humanity under her bitter, aging shell. The piecing together of the lives and secrets of Shortridge’s characters makes for a thoroughly satisfying read. --Annie Tully

Review

"A wonderful book; lovely....just perfect."
—Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

“Part tense mystery and part brilliant psychological drama, Shortridge’s eloquent novel is a breathtaking story of how well we really know the people we love—and ourselves.”
—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

"Intriguing, resonant, and deeply satisfying, Love Water Memory takes us into the mystery of one woman's past and her attempts to reclaim both herself and the love she left behind.”
—Erica Bauermeister, author of The School of Essential Ingredients

"Love Water Memory is a beautiful novel about what the mind forgets and what the heart remembers. A story of memories as shadows, elongated and distorted by time, until they eclipse cherished loves, familial connections, and painful truths. A captivating read from start to finish."
—Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

"By the end of page one of Love Water Memory, readers care about Lucie and why she's standing in frigid San Francisco Bay in an Armani suit. Jennie Shortridge's fifth novel moves like a thriller, as along with Lucie we discover what led to her flight from her fiance Grady and her high-powered career. In the hands of a less accomplished author the plot could have become maudlin. Here, it’s credible; Grady is loving but flawed; the pre-amnesiac Lucie not always likable. But they fight for understanding and happiness, and readers will be cheering for them all the way."
—Cheryl Krocker McKeon, Rakestraw Books, Danville CA

"Love Water Memory is slowly and sweetly revelatory as Lucie, coming out of the fog of amnesia, and Grady, finally swimming to a surface without his father, move toward each other in a new recognition of themselves and each other, leaving behind disguises they no longer need. There is laughter and there are tears as these two people learn to trust each other and to be fearless in finding a better, more honest way of loving than what they once knew."
—Valerie Jean Ryan, Cannon Beach Books, Cannon Beach, OR

"Engaging characters, beautiful settings, and a story that keeps the reader’s interest from the very start. Lucie ran away from her fiancé 8 days ago, now she has no memory of who she is or anyone else either. Grady is coming to get her, but he would just as soon Lucie not remember the day she ran. Aunt Helen holds the secrets of a childhood gone terribly wrong. As the characters face the challenges from the past and present, the reader will be rooting for them. These are characters that make you care and a plot line that will not let you go."
—Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books & Music, Sunriver, OR

Shortridge (When She Flew) proves herself in her fifth novel. This is thoughtful, with fully developed characters all around. (Julie Kane Library Journal)

“Warmly emotional….[the] touching story of a woman who recovers her identity while also realizing the cost of repression.” (Publishers Weekly)

“[A]n emotional heart-tugger that doesn’t go where readers might expect; a fascinating turnabout for those who enjoy novels focusing on complex life dramas.” (Library Journal, Editors' Pick for Spring 2013)

"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." (Melissa Parcel RT Book Reviews, (4.5 / 5 Stars))

Love Water Memory grabs the reader’s attention from the first page…”

  (Melinda Bargreen The Seattle Times)

More About the Author

I was born in North Dakota but spent most of my life in Denver, Colorado until my husband Matt and I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2002. We live in Seattle with our aging cat on the steep side of a hill covered with trees, right in the city, and I watch float planes buzz by my home-office window and hear boat horns honking to encourage the Fremont Bridge to raise and let them pass.

My first year in the Northwest was a shock to the system after a lifetime spent in sunshine. The first winter I often took to my bed at 2pm when it still hadn't gotten light outside. But gradually I became mole like, preferring the silver light over bright sun, and the year-round greenery over brown dusty plains. We have so many writers up here that we eventually all find each other.

I feel privileged to be involved with a large group of them in a nonprofit collective called Seattle7Writers.org. We love to connect readers, writers, booksellers and librarians, and to raise money and awareness for literacy in our community. And we now have a band, The Rejections. We practice most Tuesday nights and occasionally perform for some book or literacy related event.

I've been a full-time writer since 1995, which feels astounding. People think I've had some rather odd jobs previous to that, but I figure, hey, if you've lived this long, usually some interesting stuff has happened to you. I was a working musician for a very long time, from my teens into my thirties. I was an apprentice plumber when I was young, and a secretary. I've cooked off and on in little cafes and I don't rule it out in the future. I was a corporate marketing type person for way too long. And now through the grace of all good things in the universe, I get to write. Thank you, dear readers, for your support, faith, and trust. I couldn't do it without you!

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Customer Reviews

The story is one of those ones that keep you reading and not wanting to put the book down.
Wilhelmina Zeitgeist
The book explores the general topics of relationships, family, personality, and identity, and what we lose when we lose our memory; it really makes the reader think.
O. Brown
The main characters are very believable and the the supporting characters are interesting as well.
Geffen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Geffen on April 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I had the pleasure of attending a book launch party for Love Water Memory at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle. When Jennie read the opening scene about poor Lucie, up to her knees in San Francisco Bay, I was totally hooked. We bought 3 copies of the book - 2 for gifts for other Jennie fans - and, although I was in the middle of another novel, I didn't even hesitate to set it aside until I could find out what happened with Lucie and Grady. The main characters are very believable and the the supporting characters are interesting as well. The story moves along very smoothly with a pace that took me from beginning to end in 2 days. It's great to see Jennie's talents evolve with this latest addition to her collection. I'll always be partial to "Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe" and "Riding With the Queen", but I think this one is her best so far. Thanks for the great read, Jennie!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sophia VINE VOICE on May 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In "Water, Love, Memory," author Jennie Shortridge (of When She Flew fame, among others), opens the story with an intriguing premise. Lucie Walker, an almost-40 something finds herself knee-deep in cold water in the San Francisco Bay with no memory of who she is or how she got there. Admitted to the local psych ward, she is diagnosed with a traumatic memory loss - she can perform everyday tasks, like drive, dress herself and use a computer - but has no idea who she is.

When a handsome man arrives at the hospital claiming to be her fiancé, Grady, she goes with him to their home in Seattle, hoping that it will trigger her recollection, but it doesn't. Lucie discovers that she really doesn't like her former persona very much, is at a loss to understand her, and grapples with some darker, underlying issues. Grady, also, struggles with a traumatic event that occurred earlier in his life, as well as with the strain of living with a stranger who is essentially inhabiting his fiancee's body. This is an excellently written book with superb flow. It really sucked me in from the start, and it was hard to put down. I found both Lucie and Grady to be sympathetic and believable, flaws and all, although Lucie's character was stronger than his. I was very much rooting for them to achieve a happy ending.

Also, the climax packs a massive punch, especially in a book this short. Wow.

If I have any slight criticisms, one would be that I wanted more. The book focused almost entirely on Lucie and Grady and all other characters are just foils to them. Also, the resolutions and coincidences seemed a little too pat. Lucie's career, for instance, was allowed to just dwindle away, as she is a sole proprietor.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan A. Elsner VINE VOICE on May 11, 2013
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Lucie Walker, the protagonist of this intriguing novel, finds herself knee deep in the cold water of San Francisco Bay with no memory of who she is or how she got there. Taken to a psych ward, she is eventually recognized and claimed by a handsome man claiming to be her fiance.

Lucie remembers how to use a computer and a cellphone; she can drive and shop and can function in the world. She knows history and politics -- but she has no memory of Grady, the man she lives with, or of the rest of her history. She doesn't know who she is, or rather who she was. And the new Lucie that begins to emerge is not the same as the one who disappeared along with her memory. She behaves very differently from the driven, ultra-controlling person she used to be. She's friendlier, more relaxed, less fixated on shopping and clothes and personal fitness. In many ways, she's a huge improvement. The more we learn about the former Lucie, the less likable she seems.

As the book progresses, Lucie learns more about her former self and starts to come closer to the big traumatic and long-repressed secret in her childhood that caused her psychological break. Grady tries to protect her from some unpleasant facts but this is a book about how corrosive secrets can be in a person's life. The truth shall set us free. Will it set Lucie and Grady free or will it destroy them?

The biggest problem with this generally satisfying novel was the silly title. Grady was a little less convincing as a character than Lucie. The minor characters, including Lucie's aunt Helen, were lightly sketched for the most part. But the premise is intriguing enough and the execution skillful enough to make this a book worth reading.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Padgett on April 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Grady and Lucie are the main characters. Lucie has run away from Grady and no one knows why. Lucie is found in water up to her knees in the San Francisco bay area and she doesn't know how or shy she is there. The people that found her, have her taken to the hospital to have her checked out. Grady catches up to her there, but she doesn't know him. The doctor says she has dissociative disorder. That is when you disconnect yourself from everything, a lot worse than amnesia. She goes home with him, but neither of them know how to relate to each other because of the disorder. Slowly they learn about each other again and even tell each other things about their past that they hadn't told before Lucie left. There are things in both of their pasts that they need to acknowledge and deal with separately and other things that they need to deal with together. And still, they hesitate to talk about how they feel, which almost blows them apart. Tragedies on both sides they haven't dealt with in a good way. Its amazing how the mind works to protect the person in extreme trauma situations. There is a lot of sadness here, but at the same time, you can see them trying to work through things and come out on the other side a whole person. Very well written with a very appropriate ending. I loved the story so much I read it in one day! Highly recommend this to any and all! I received this free as an ebook through netgalley.
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