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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425263134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425263136
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An intriguing premise and some surprising twists make this an engaging, satisfying read that explores friendship, love and who we really are when it truly matters....A debut novel that offers a fascinating glimpse into one woman's opportunity to rewrite her past and change her future."-Kirkus Reviews

"The Repeat Year is a clever meditation on time travel. In Lochen's hands, it's far more than a plot gimmick --it's about the myriad ways we second-guess and sabotage ourselves in the name of finding happiness. Her characters must find ways to let go of regrets and cherish the small moments of love in life, right now. I enjoyed this a lot."-Margaret Dilloway

"The Repeat Year is warm, touching, and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Andrea Lochen has taken a comfortingly familiar idea and given it a fresh and unique spin. Her heroine, Olive, is complex and endearing, a fun character to spend a 'do-over year' with, even as she struggles to right her wrongs and earn redemption. Anyone who has dreamed of getting a second chance at love will not be able to resist this book."-Janis Thomas

"A magical realist rom-com of great charm, The Repeat Year reflects with lively wit (and a surprising undertow of poignancy) on questions of fate and karma, chance and choice." -Peter Ho Davies

"This quirky story about tough decisions and second chances will capture the heart and give hope to those who feel lost." -RT Reviews

About the Author

Andrea Lochen earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. While there, she won a Hopwood Novel Award for a draft of The Repeat Year. She currently lives in suburban Milwaukee with her husband and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. For more information, visit www.andrealochen.com.

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You will walk away from this novel with a clear understanding that each moment in our lives can truly change our path.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cordelia on May 7, 2013
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A smart novel with a big heart that isn't afraid to tackle complex issues. Great premise and characters you'll fall in love with--and see yourself in, mistakes and all. Great for fans of clever fiction that happens to feature women (Jane Austen, anyone)?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie McDonnell on May 21, 2013
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Andrea Lochen astonished me by managing to create a story about traveling back in time to relive 2011. She was so succinct in her story-telling that she made this possibility truly believable, needing very little explanation to understand the premise. I know other novelists that have written about time travel and they really had to delve deep to explain how the whole "going back in time" concept could truly occur. Andrea Lochen's writing was not only very conceivable, but she was flawless in her efforts to explain how Olive was able to repeat the year 2011. She did not miss a beat on any specifics, absolutely no loopholes existed; it was as if this wondrous possibility was plausible for any of us. Upon opening the book, it was as if the book was wrapped in a bow, and given to me as a present that I would unwrap and devour like a box of chocolates on Valentine's Day. Andrea Lochen's writing seemed effortless.

At the core of this novel was a 25 year old woman named, Olive Watson; who seemed to be living the perfect life. Her love life, family life, and work life were all going well until 2011, when everything fell apart within the confines of that one year. All of these drastic turns were taking a toll on Olive's heart of hearts.

In 2011, Olive's father had passed away, her mother was marrying another man that Olive did not deem worthy. She also managed to lose both her best friend, Kerrigan; and the love of her life, Phil Russell. For good!

But, when she woke up on January 1st, 2012 she noticed that something very strange had occurred. Every indication pointed to the fact that it was January 1st, 2011; again! Olive took some time trying to make sense of how this could have happened.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HapaGirl on May 23, 2013
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I just finished relaxing with The Repeat Year and have been delighted reading it. I'm amazed by how Lochen does SO MUCH. Moments of the book reminded me of Audrey Niffenberger and The Time Traveler's Wife while other moments recalled Ken Grimwood's Replay. Certainly, the book is more concerned with real human emotion and choice rather than sci-fi conceits or theories, but Lochen pulls the best from so many genres that this astutely literary book seems ideal for a variety of audiences.

What I appreciated most was what was at stake. Yes, there's the seemingly central dilemma of Phil and Olive's relationship, but the questions about love, commitment, joy, desire, and faith are complicated and deepened by the relationships around this central one. Olive's mother's relationship was the most intriguing to me, how emotional stakes are drawn and re-drawn. The reality of illness, loss, injury, horror-- but also the reality of love, devotion and hope-- are layered together, until the book's plot summons up possible answers to our biggest questions: What is this life for? What is our purpose here? What am I capable of? Lochen doesn't neatly package any answers, but she gives us opportunity to see possibilities, and to gather in ourselves our own responses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Romancing the Book on May 25, 2014
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If I were given the chance to go back to the beginning of the year for a do over I would love to be able to choose the year that I wanted to do over. But for Olive she wasn’t given a chance to choose she woke up in the previous year. I loved ‘Groundhog Day’ so for me this light read was a really fun way to start my summer reading with. The biggest question is if given the chance to change the year; how do you stop yourself from making the same mistakes all over again? My question is what effect does the repeat and correcting the changes have on the future of not only your life but those around you because after all they are involved also.

Olive finds that she needs to focus on her relationships. Her boyfriend Phil…let’s just say she blew it causing a big break-up. She needs to figure out how to fix the problem. Then there is her best friend Kerrigan. It is hard enough to find good friends let alone a best friend. Wrecking that relationship leaves you all alone. To add to her continued heartache her dad dies. I really liked the way grief was dealt with in the whole circumference of the story. Mom decides to re-marry and Olive finds a way to alienate her mom because she doesn’t like the guy she marries. So for Olive a repeat sounds perfect but sometimes rethinking things and changing them even the slightest tends to alter the outcome of our lives. Had I done this instead of that I wouldn’t have or be where I am today kind of thing.

Olive learns that her mom’s neighbor Sherry Witan has had repeat years. With this in common they bond, form an unlikely friendship finding out that what they share is more than just the experience of a repeat year.
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Andrea Lochen is the author of two novels, IMAGINARY THINGS and THE REPEAT YEAR. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and lives in Madison with her husband. For more information, visit www.andrealochen.com.

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