Thomas Railles, an American expatriate and former “odd-jobber” for the CIA, is a successful painter living with his beloved wife, Florette, in a small village in the Pyrenees. On an ordinary autumn day, Florette goes for a walk in the hills and is killed by unknown assailants. Was her death simply a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or was it somehow connected to Thomas’s work with the CIA? When French officials detain four Moroccan terrorists and charge them with Florette’s murder, Thomas is invited by his boyhood friend (and former agency handler) Bernhard to witness the interrogation. Thomas's search for answers in this shadow world will lead him to a confrontation that will change him forever.
About the Author
WARD JUST's novels include Exiles in the Garden, Forgetfulness, the National Book Award finalist Echo House, A Dangerous Friend, winner of the Cooper Prize for fiction from the Society of American Historians, and An Unfinished Season, winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award and a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize.
"Many of our best writers... are grappling with 9/11 and its fall-out; Just's take may be the best yet." Entertainment Weekly
“[A] riveting examination of personal loss and political criminality… Just’s Forgetfulness is haunting, clarifying, and imperative." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"Superb—as suspense, as theater, as psychological warfare...[Just] is as seductive a raconteur as ever." Kirkus Reviews
"[Just] sets his journalist's eye on the ethically fraught war on terror....an emotionally charged narrative." Publishers Weekly
"A heartbreaking tale that is as contemporary as today's newspaper headlines and as timeless as the most profound classic tragedy." Bookpage
[Just]'s a master at blending the personal and political. Forgetfulness gets at the heart of terrorism and revenge. USA Today
Forgetfulness is a wonderful addition to [Just's] distinctive and distinguished body of work.
The New York Times Book Review
'Forgetfulness' is an intellectual and emotional marvel of a book.
Written in a style both taut and reflective, this is suspense of the highest order.
Mr. Just's finest novel yet.
The Wall Street Journal
The first notable work by a major American writer to engage the moral and emotional complexities of the post-9/11 world.
Los Angeles Times
[Just’s] muted power has never been more unsettling than in his new novel.
The Washington Post
It's the novel that the people who felt cheated by Updike's book ['Terrorist']seem to have wanted.
The Chicago Sun-Times