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More About the Author
Peter Palmieri was raised in the eclectic port city of Trieste, Italy: home to great coffee-houses and prolific writers such as James Joyce and Italo Svevo. He returned to the United States at the age of 14 with just one suitcase and an acoustic guitar. After attending public high school, he went on to earn a B.A. in Psychology and Animal Physiology from the University of California, San Diego. Peter received his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed his pediatric training at the University of Chicago and Loyola University Medical Center. More recently, he was awarded a Healthcare MBA by The George Washington University. Peter continues to be engaged in an active medical practice while writing.
His first novel, The Art of Forgetting won first place in Adult Fiction at the 2014 North Texas Book Festival Book Awards and became an overnight reader favorite among lovers of medical suspense and medical romance.
His nonfiction book, Suffer The Children: Flaws, Foibles, Fallacies and the Grave Shortcomings of Pediatric Care has become established as an important critique of health care delivery in the United States.
Peter is a graduate of Robert McKee's fabled Story Seminar. He completed the Writer's Path novel-writing curriculum at SMU and was a two-time attendee of SEAK's Medical Fiction writing seminars with Tess Gerritsen and Michael Palmer.
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Top Customer Reviews
The central theme of the novel is how our memories of selected events in our lives affect our self-identity, and how unreliable our interpretation of these memories can sometimes be. In the process, Palmieri brushes up on matters of philosophy and religion without brow-beating the reader.
Still, what really drives this novel is a story that immediately engages and then manages to flow smoothly. You immediately care about the protagonist, flawed as he may be. There are many twists and turns that are surprising but far from contrived.
In short, if you're looking for a medical novel that will make you think but will leave you feeling good, this is your book. Just one warning: when you're done reading it you'll want to read it again.
The plot involves a neurologist whose entire life and career have been shaped by his conviction that he will succumb to a family curse--an early-onset dementia that has struck down generations. He's developed a treatment, maybe, but shadowy figures seem to stand in his way.
There are many memorable side characters, including an oily, detestable administrator and an adorable Russian lab assistant, devoted to his little rodent charges. But the focus remains on the development of the main characters and their evolving, not-quite-straightforward relationship.
I really enjoyed reading this first novel, and look forward to more from this new author. It's a great read that won't disappoint.
On the panel is Erin Kennedy, a woman he knew casually as a child. She is now a medical ethicist and his downfall in more ways than one. He overlooks the part she played in halting his research and allows her into his life, drawn to the memories she evokes of a better time. The narrative turns largely into a romance novel for a time, which seems disingenuous for how focused and intense Copeland was described as to this point.
While the reader can (frustratingly) see a clear conspiracy unfolding in the hospital, Copeland turns a blind eye and obsesses on this new relationship with a scheming and generally abrasive woman. The medical suspense and treachery are there, the main character just chooses not to see it as his whole life spirals downward and his family is nearly lost.
The romance between Copeland and Kennedy, who clearly has an agenda of her own, is a larger part of the narrative than would be expected in this genre. For a character, a respected doctor nonetheless, who is so driven to keep his memory, it's disturbing how quickly he forgets everything that always mattered to him. Right when almost all is lost, an experience with a patient puts his priorities in order.Read more ›
Alzheimers in one of the most devastating diseases to ravage families across this grand planet. Slowly stripping individuals of their memories, it brutally robs individuals of their identities while completely changing how their families operate. Many of my friends have loved ones who have succumbed to this hideous monster of a disease, and I've watched the devastation unfold. Memories make us who we are. But what if all that could be changed? But what if a cure is not worth the risk?
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Written with a medical accuracy only possible from someone who has worked in the medical field, The Art of Forgetting is a masterpiece of medical and psychological suspense. This artful novel follows part of the story of Lloyd Copeland, an esteemed doctor who has devoted his life to the search for a cure for Alzheimer's, a brutal identity thieving disease which affected his father, and his father's father before him. For Lloyd, it is only a matter of time. He must find this cure. He is so close to finding a cure....but at what cost?
A suspenseful plot that includes medical mystery, psychological discovery, romance, and a sinister plot to ruin someone's career for the sake of riches - this novel has a little something for everyone. Even my husband was intrigued, and he doesn't read fiction.
Palmieri, an esteemed medical professional himself, is a superb author. He successfully creates a character who is about as huggable as a porcupine on crack, but that you just want to keep hugging despite the quills. Medical situations are crafted with a clear insider's knowledge of how the medical world actually operates.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was not your stereotypical medical thriller! The characters were well-written and real, the storyline was believable and flowing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Garcia
the story was great!! as a doc my self the medical terms were right on.Published 2 months ago by edward blaine
I'm very particular about what I read these days, and I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Great story, a few twists and it kept my attention far into the night. Read morePublished 3 months ago by VL Knob Author
This book reads a little bit differently than the description. My take is that it is 50% love story, 25% about the main character's potential illness, and 25% about what is... Read morePublished 9 months ago by lovetoread
Simply loved the book. Will cherish the story. Writing style was easy. The story felt real, characters are vibrant and real. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rohini Mishra
I didn't realize it was a novel when I bought it. Especially not a boilerplate novel. It's kind of like the author cranks these stories out all the time. Read morePublished 11 months ago by revmaryla
This book has kept me on the edge of my seat! I loved all the twists and turns. I had a difficult time putting this book down, I had a couple of sleepy days at work!Published 12 months ago by Das
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