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Remember How I Told You I Loved You? [Kindle Edition]

Gillian Linden
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From a brilliant new literary voice, a collection of stories that follow a young woman from college into her early thirties—from delayed adolescence to (delayed) adulthood. Through college, careers, love affairs, and marriages, Linden’s characters try to sort out what separates the passing from the permanent, the actual from the possible, and exactly how involved you really have to be in the basic questions of your life. From familiar patterns like ambiguous friendships, uncertain love affairs, and unfulfilling jobs, Linden has created something new: a sharp and intimate take on romance and infidelity, trust and betrayal.

A deadpan narrative, cool and precise, about hesitation and doubt and how to rid your apartment of mice, Remember How I Told You I Loved You? is by turns witty, moving, and darkly humorous.



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In taut prose and a deadpan narrative, Linden navigates the uncertainties of college life and beyond in a series of linked stories. Karen—and other characters tangentially connected to her—experiences her twenties and early thirties with great trepidation about adulthood. There’s Daphne, who moves in with Dennis, only to be told, “I’m not sure if I love you”; Leila, on the phone to customer relations, objecting to the nightclub/bowling alley that keeps her awake at night; and Karen, living in a mouse-infested apartment with a puppy in need of training. Many readers of a similar age will relate to the unglamorous situations and to the endless loop of self-doubt playing in each character’s head. At the same time, the detached writing style holds readers at arm’s length from the characters; the result is a novel that’s not so much about who’s who as it is a meditation on the impermanence of love and the challenges of transitioning from one phase of life to the next. Debut-author Linden uses language precisely in this slim volume that’s heavy with emotional resonance. --Ann Kelley

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"Using simple, straightforward language and dry wit humor, Linden fluidly pieces together an engaging portrait of young adulthood." —Publishers Weekly

"Gillian Linden’s short story collection Remember How I Told You I Loved You? is understated to perfection." —New York Daily News

"Gillian Linden's Remember How I Told You I Loved You? is one of the year's sharpest short fiction collections, brilliantly capturing post-collegiate life in understated prose throughout these linked stories." —Largehearted Boy

"Startlingly original in its array of details and unassuming sense of humor." —STET

"Rarely have I read a debut collection of stories as engaging and perceptive as Remember How I Told You I Loved You. Gillian Linden writes with deceptive ease. With her wry, freshly observed details, every page is so thoroughly entertaining that you might not realize at first how profound her grasp is of the elusive intimacy her characters seek and fear at the same time. Nothing is forced. No false note is ever struck. With brisk, delightful clarity, Gillian Linden leaves us amazed at her talent for illuminating the most mundane of domestic enigmas." —James Wilcox, author of Modern Baptists

"Written with graceful purpose that makes these seven wonderful stories cohere as a single larger and truer story, Gillian Linden's charming and surprising fiction is rendered with an elegant literary thrift that makes Remember How I Told You I Loved You? an exciting debut." —Katharine Weber, author of True Confections

"With deadpan restraint, Linden captures the drifting disenfranchisement of post-collegiate life—its pretensions and joys, its cubicles and cats, and all those vegan boyfriends demanding their share of the rent." —Caitlin Macy, author of Spoiled

"Gillian Linden is a master of the understatement and a magician of the unsaid. These stories are narrated in voices soft in tone, but you'd be wise to listen up. The protagonists appear to be lovely young women, but watch your back. Breezy style belies a dark and devious undercurrent. Consider the ingenious title: Remember How I Told You I Loved You? Whatever comes next, it's not going to be sweet. This is a memorable collection of stories." —Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of The Scenic Route

"Gillian Linden has a telling feel for people icily locked at an emotional distance. She writes with a beautiful sense of off-beat control and dark deadpan humor--a lot of very surprising sentences without any sense of heavy lifting--and calmly lays out the details of a relationship that ultimately seems both utterly crazy and totally common at the same time." —Ross Klavan, author and screenwriter of Tigerland

“The conundrum of "who am I and where am I going?" is extremely relatable and engaging. The prose is fresh and not a single word is unnecessary or out of place in this 109 page collection. It is a light, quick read that offers a bird's-eye view of everyday life.”—About.com

“Slyly amusing and highly relatable, these stories do capture the cellular loneliness we can feel during our twenties.”—Black Heart Magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 1073 KB
  • Print Length: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Little A (August 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C3M26VE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,931 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Razor sharp, hilarious, affecting October 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
There are some writers who weren't appreciated in their time simply because the way they saw the world was so far ahead of the way everybody else saw it.

Gillian Linden's "Remember How I Told You I Loved You" is full of stories that build upon one another until what you're left with is a fully functioning consciousness that emerges from the pages. Linden has created not only stories and characters, but a world, eerily similar to our own, except that it's hung a little too far to the right or the left, for her stories and characters to inhabit. This is no small feat. The result is a reading experience unlike any that I've ever had. As I read these stories, I felt myself practically being moved through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief. These stories are funny. They're sad. They're as keen and perceptive as poetry and as entertaining as a Hollywood romantic comedy.

No one right now is writing the way Gillian Linden writes. We would be wise to pay very close attention.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better read this September 21, 2013
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Understated, clever writing with a touch of irony and humor. Highly recommend, you will not be disappointed, I promise you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Look at Young Adult Life and Culture.. August 28, 2013
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In this new engaging short story collection, prize winning author Gillian Linden offers an insider look at young contemporary adult life, beginning in college, and later settling into the routine of mature married life. With the overall strait forward Deadpan theme, the story events begin building more strongly with "Common Rooms", the first story, with a foundation of insights and observations of Karen, the central character, who forms a long lasting friendship with Lizzie, boyfriend Brian, and Ethan. It is interesting how the characters appear from one story and in another later, some know or know of one another, or just appear in a story more then once. Most of them know or are connected in some way to Karen.

The title of the book is also the title of the second story featuring: Daphine, who moves in with her boyfriend Dennis and his other roommate Ed. Dennis proclaimed his love for Daphine after she moved in, yet she begins to feel a tinge of insecurity after Natalie visited suddenly, Dennis "love" maybe not be as genuine as he said. "Ham and Crackers" found Karen working two menial jobs to make ends meet, sometimes going hungry. At her caregiving job for an ill wealthy older woman Bette, Karen was able to get an occasional meal. Ethan, (an ex boyfriend) who was watching out for Karen, recommended her for the position. "Crowded Skies" finds nearly all Lizzie and Brian's oddly connected friends flying together in the same plane to their wedding. Karen, single once again, was introduced by her supervisor to Peter, and "Open Road" describes their trip through the mountains to Peter's hometown. With the final story "Pests", Karen wondered if the mice previously seen in her apartment were real, or related to a stress reaction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read November 8, 2013
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My only complaint is that I enjoyed it so much and it was over so quickly!!! Next time, more please.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging October 4, 2013
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Gillian has a subtle energizing style to her voice, making these stories very readable and enjoyable—even for a greying male.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm July 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm still trying to figure it out ...I lost count of the .times it lost me! I don't even remember any of the characters :/ if there were any at all -Disappointed
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good beach read June 11, 2014
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Sometimes short stories are unfullfiling, but the author is clever and the loop around is a good payoff. Was great on the beach!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good writing in an interesting package May 6, 2014
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I borrowed this book on Prime, tried to make it last long, but finished it quickly. The premise was interesting: short stories with repeating characters over time. There is both history and continuity following a core of young people through their first adult years, but also a sense of completion with each story (for me, at least-I note other reviewers thought differently-but perhaps that's in the nature of the short story?) I liked the writing-not in your face, not too obscure, just clean with the occasional very well-turned phrase. Altogether enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars sucked
Total crap! I freaking hated this book!!!! It was hard to read because I couldn't follow what the hell was going on... just kind of sucked
Published 2 months ago by sally struthers
1.0 out of 5 stars a waste of time
The only thing good about this book was that it allowed me to waste some time in the doctors office. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I thought these were just okay. I didn't find the characters or stories to be particularly compelling. They didn't connect emotionally for me.
Published 3 months ago by Pam
1.0 out of 5 stars No plot
I don't mean to be overly critical, but this was a serious waste of my time. I kept thinking that the stories would tie together in the end, but there was no plot whatsoever, and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tierney S.
2.0 out of 5 stars narrative with no beginning or end
This book may be the newest style, but I find it disconcerting to have a novel that's nearly all narrative with minimal dialogue. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Supersenior
1.0 out of 5 stars I am just not this smart
This was terrible.

Third Person POV- which I typically don't enjoy- and short, choppy rhythm. Read more
Published 5 months ago by annie
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Short Stories
I thoroughly enjoy short stories, especially from young authors. These were interesting. A very easy read. The stories were loosely connected, using some of the same characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Haley Parnham
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland
Reading this was like getting only part of the story. Each story just ended with no conclusion. The stories were disjointed in my opinion.
Published 5 months ago by Pretty Smart
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Writing well but story not intersting, rather boring to me. Not enough to hold my interest. Again with the words.
Published 5 months ago by Dailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Was a pleasant read
A nice book to sit and read through. Although a bit monotonous at times, so is life. Basic realities we've all experienced conveyed by someone who is skilled in descriptions of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Emma
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Gillian Linden received her MFA from Columbia University. She is a 2011 winner of the Henfield Prize for fiction. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

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