July 2016 Indie Next List
“Twenty years ago, Margo and Henry fell in love, lost each other to a fierce misunderstanding, and went their separate ways -- to marriages, children, and a second-best kind of happiness. Now, a chance encounter holds out hope for reconciliation and the joy of true love. Greene tells this story by jumping back and forth in time and between narrators, while readers wonder 'will they or won't they?' Read this one for the story and the superb style. One of the best books I have read this year.”
— Linda Bond (E), Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA
"Thomas Christopher Greene's If I Forget You is the most moving and beautifully-written love story I've read since Cold Mountain."—Howard Frank Mosher, author of God's Kingdom
Two former lovers reconnect in this beautiful and haunting tale of great lost love from the critically acclaimed author of The Headmaster's Wife
Deeply affecting and compulsively readable, The Headmaster's Wife was a breakout book for Thomas Christopher Greene. Now, Greene returns with a beautifully written, emotional new novel perfect for his growing audience.
Twenty-one years after they were driven apart by circumstances beyond their control, two former lovers have a chance encounter on a Manhattan street. What follows is a tense, suspenseful exploration of the many facets of enduring love. Told from altering points of view through time, If I Forget You tells the story of Henry Gold, a poet whose rise from poverty embodies the American dream, and Margot Fuller, the daughter of a prominent, wealthy family, and their unlikely, star-crossed love affair, complete with the secrets they carry when they find each other for the second time.
Written in lyrical prose, If I Forget You is at once a great love story, a novel of marriage, manners, and family, a meditation on the nature of art, a moving elegy to what it means to love and to lose, and how the choices we make can change our lives forever.
About the Author
THOMAS CHRISTOPHER GREENE is the author of Mirror Lake, I'll Never be Long Gone, and Envious Moon. His fiction has been translated into eleven languages and has won many awards and honors. In 2007, Tom founded the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a top fine arts college, making him the youngest college president in America at that time. He lives in Montpelier, VT, with his family.
"If I Forget You is a beautiful, quiet novel about love and the paths we take and the ones that are forged for us."—PopSugar
"We all want to believe, don’t we, that a lost love will find us again, and change everything? Thomas Christopher Greene’s If I Forget You is just that, Romeo and Juliet, if they had lived, Rhett and Scarlet, if she hadn’t been so blind, and Rick and Ilsa, if the world hadn’t been at war. Romantic, full of yearning, and hopeful, this is an unapologetically passionate tale about the kind of enduring love we dream about when we are young."—Robin Oliveira, New York Times bestselling author of My Name is Mary Sutter and I Always Loved You
"Thomas Christopher Greene's If I Forget You is the most moving and beautifully-written love story I've read since Cold Mountain. If I Forget You chronicles the passionate but seemingly star-crossed romance between Henry, a talented young poet and left-handed college shortstop from a working class Jewish family, and Margo, and aspiring painter born and bred to wealth and privilege. In gorgeously direct prose written straight from Greene’s good heart, If I Forget You reveals how love can both shape, and be shaped by, art to overcome just about anything."—Howard Frank Mosher, author of God's Kingdom
“Don’t let the wintry cover fool you—this love story makes for a perfect beach read.”—Real Simple
"[Greene] has created two believable and empathetic characters... readers will be rooting to see Henry and Margot together again despite the odds." —Publishers Weekly
"[A] powerful, emotionally moving love story."—Library Journal
"Greene's candid tale of true love besieged by insurmountable hardship, only to be rekindled later in life, is delicate and tender, providing readers with a gentle escape and soulful interlude." —Booklist
"Hypnotic." —Eric da Costa, Seven Days
"A beautiful, haunting tale of true and lost love, Thomas Christopher Greene's triumphant If I Forget You is an unforgettable summer read." —College Candy
"The novel is a lyrical and narrative work of art, combining poetry and prose in such a way that the story seems to float off the pages...Thomas Christopher Greene knows exactly what cords to pluck in the heart and in the mind, reminding us that true love never goes away, and that it is entirely possible to find it again even if we believed it lost for good." —Blogcritics
"Beautifully written, If I Forget You was addictive, and I read it in just a couple of sittings." —Civilian Reader