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In this incisive short story about memory and the limits of self-perception, the New York Times bestselling author of Rodham and Prep reflects on motherhood, gender, power dynamics, and the lingering effects of the past.

Emily appears to have it all: professional success and a sweet family life. But when her promotion causes her family to relocate to a new city, the move unexpectedly stirs up unpleasant memories of Jack Olney, the handsome jock who bullied her during college.

As Emily sorts through her recollections and past humiliations, she decides to reach out to her old dorm mates. Do they remember her? Are they happy? And whatever happened to Jack?

With piercing emotional truth, Curtis Sittenfeld explores the indignities we can’t ever seem to shake - and the pitfalls of self-reflection.

©2020 Curtis Sittenfeld. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • 05-10-2020

Definitely not her best work.

“MEH” pretty much sums this one up. How does a short story end up so long and rambling? Definitely not her best work. Skip this and go (re)read “Eligible.”

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  • Jen K.
  • 03-10-2020

Disappointed

The author is one of my favorites, but I could not get past the first 10 minutes of this story. I don’t know if it was the content of the story, the style of narration, or both, but I was not able to hang in there to see if things got sorted out.

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  • Molly's Reviews
  • 01-11-2020

Vapid and boring

I usually love Curtis Sittenfeld. This story felt empty and without any real point. It showcased a woman essentially regressing in maturity in her adulthood. Hugely disappointing.

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  • 05-10-2020

weii delivered crap!

A pointless tale. why did i listen to it all? I was curious to find some meaning to the story, none arrived.

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