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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  28,080 ratings  ·  3,236 reviews
Noah wants to go home. A seemingly easy request from most four year olds. But as Noah's single-mother, Janie, knows, nothing with Noah is ever easy. One day the pre-school office calls and says Janie needs to come in to talk about Noah, and no, not later, now - and life as she knows it stops.

For Jerome Anderson, life as he knows it has stopped. A deadly diagnosis has made
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Flatiron Books
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Jennifer Masterson
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
4.5 Stars! Not only is "The Forgetting Time" by Sharon Guskin a very good debut novel, but it is also completely fascinating! If you are at all interested in reincarnation you MUST read this book, or If you just like a well written mystery you should think about reading this book! I couldn't get enough of it!

Noah is a four year old giving his single mother, Janie, a very hard time. He is even thrown out of his pre-school for his behavior. He thinks he has another mother and he is afraid of water
"But surely we all carried some little piece of each other inside of us. So what did it matter, whether the memories belonging to her boy existed inside this other one? Why were we all hoarding love, stockpiling it, when it was all around us, moving in and out of us like the air, if only we could feel it?"

Four year old Noah Zimmerman is Janie's whole world, but his mother has to struggle with Noah's behavioral issues and precocious nature. Noah seems to know things for which there is no logical
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Reincarnation is a Latin word, meaning "entering the flesh again."

The forgetting Time is an interesting and throught provoking novel exploring the idea of reincarnation and is also a mystery surrounding the disappearance of a child.
I picked up this novel on audio as was looking for something interesting to listen to and while I prefer Non-Fiction on Audio I was intrigued by the idea of reincarnation as brought up a Catholic reincarnation was a idea which I remember discussing i
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
You only live once. That’s what people said, as if life really mattered because it happened only one time. But what if it was the other way around? What if what you did mattered more because life happened again and again, consequences unfolding across centuries and continents? What if you had chances upon chances to love the people you loved, to fix what you screwed up, to get it right?

The subject of reincarnation fascinates me, I don’t so much believe it as I believe in the possibility of it. I
Fazeena Wahid
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn to this book the moment I saw it on my coworker's desk and it didn't disappoint. Such a page turner, I enjoyed this book thoroughly! You know you're reading a great book when you hide from your toddlers to finish a chapter or two :)
A book anyone especially a mom can relate to, what lengths would you go to to help your child? A heart warming story and a journey you'll feel you're a part of all the way with a delightful outcome :)
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The love that you withhold is the pain that you carry lifetime after lifetime.”

----Alex Collier

Sharon Guskin, an American author, pens her debut book, The Forgetting Time that narrates the story of a four year old boy who constantly asks his single mother to take him to his real mother after his nightmares. For his mother, the boy seems like making up imaginary stories, until when things get serious in his pre-school, she thinks that there is something terribly wrong with his little boy and s
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pulp, fiction, motherhood
From the blurbs/reviews, I was expecting a creative quirky story about time and human memory via a fantastical tale of reincarnation. Alas, it was not to be: The Forgetting Time is a mediocre book that does far too much "telling" and is in no way inventive in its structure or the ideas presented. Not only that, but instead of treating reincarnation as a fantastical/mythical allegory, Guskin seems to actually take reincarnation seriously as "science", quoting at length from Life Before Life: A ...more
We've all heard the term "old souls", the youthful who are wise beyond their years. The ones who seem to have been through life's journey a time or two already. Have they?

The Forgetting Time is Sharon Guskin's debut novel and she was inspired to write it while working as a hospice volunteer which allowed for several discussions about what happens after death. Thomas Shroder's nonfiction book: Old Souls: Compelling Evidence From Children Who Remember Past Lives came into the equation which s
Julie Christine
It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. Sir Winston Churchill

Sharon Guskin's debut novel The Forgetting Time is a layered, multi-faceted exploration of motherhood, loss, the impermanence of death and the mutability of consciousness.

Janie conceives her son Noah during a brief interlude of mindless passion with a man whose last name she forgets to ask for. But the child who results becomes her every breath, her true love, her reason for believing that she
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In less than 24 hours, I consumed The Forgetting Time and I can't recommend this one enough. This is the author's debut novel and it is unlike anything I have ever read before. I don't want to delve too much into it because half of the fun, for me, ended up piecing everything together myself.

It's a bit like a mystery as you try to solve the puzzle of a child's unusual first years of life. The story intertwines with a doctor nearing the end of his career due to a deadly diagnosis and who could b
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it
2016 F.A.B. Bookclub pick # I.❤️. F.A.B.
Brandon Forsyth
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this book for work, and it's so far outside my comfort zone that I allocated it into my commute reading time, figuring it would be pretty disposable and forgettable. Imagine my surprise when I started trying to take the long way home, stretching out that commute until it was taking over my before-bed reading slot. This is a wonderful book that taps into primal concerns about what happens after we die and how far we would go to help our children and those we love. It reminded me of THE TIM ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Though I liked the premise here, I really struggled with the audio. The story itself lost steam at some point after the middle, but that point was where I connected most with it. I almost stopped listening through much of the beginning as the audio voice was very distracting for me and I felt like the beginning dragged on in a vague manner that didn't hold my interest. Also, I fully expected the book to end with (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5.0 Stars

I received a free copy of The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin through the Goodreads Print Book Giveaway program. This is my fair and honest review …

Reincarnation. I have this stubbornly rigid, predisposed, no doubt distorted notion of reincarnation as people returning to life after death as cows, ants, plants or other objects. I find these ideas unsettling to the point that I reflexively turn away from anything on the subject. The thought of returning to life after death as a cow unne
David Reviews
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Noah is four years old and he's been telling his mother Janie, he wants to go home and wants his other mother. Poor Janie doesn't understand, she worries about his nightmares and his fear of water too... where is all this coming from?

Can reincarnation be possible? Author Sharon Guskin brings us The Forgetting Time and writes an absorbing and fascinating tale that asks us that very question. After a one night stand while on holiday in Trinidad 39 year old Janie finds herself pregnant and has baby
3.5 stars.... The Forgetting Time is a fast-paced quest to find the reason behind four year old Noah's traumatic episodes where he calls for another mother than Jane and "wants to go home". Desperate, Jane finds psychiatrist Dr. Anderson, who has for years been studying and collecting data for his book on little children who temporarily recall past lives. In those lives, that person suffered an untimely death usually at the hands of another.

The author has made a good effort here, incorporating
Apr 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
What a dumb book. For some reason, I thought this was going to be more of a thriller. Instead, I feel like the author tried to ram the idea of reincarnation down my throat and make me feel all warm and cozy about it. The characters are one-dimensional and irritating, the plot is disjointed and disorganized, and the writing is sophomoric. I cannot understand why this book has any good reviews. I kept reading because I thought the idea behind the book sounded interesting. Surely it was going to ge ...more
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
If I could give this book six stars (our of five) I totally would. How's this for a teaser:
Noah is four and wants to go home. The only trouble is he's already home.
The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin is the story of Noah and his Mum Janie. Noah has nightmares, begs Janie for his real mother and keeps asking when he can go home. Nobody can tell Janie what's wrong with her son despite visiting a whole host of specialists.

This novel covers themes of identity, death, mental illness, the possibility
RoseMary Achey
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a “one sitting” novel and I loved every minute of this well written debut! A totally new premise or at least one that I have not read before- the main character, a young boy, has lived a previous life and wants to return to that life. OK…I know what you are thinking right about now…."Not interested, not the book for me”. I thought the very same thing-but so glad I picked this one up. By the end of the first 25 pages I was totally hooked.

I particularly enjoyed the authors timing and tem
Book Riot Community
Here's another fabulous debut! Janie, a young single mother, is used to her young son being difficult, but when his preschool calls and tells her she has to come there immediately, everything changes. Jerome is a brilliant scientist obsessed with what happens to us after we die and the possibility of life after death. When Jerome meets Noah, he thinks he has found the key. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just tell you that The Forgetting Time is an intense page-turner!

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Steve Payne
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, fiction
I must be entering a new and wondrous phase in my existence, because if this tosh is what masquerades as ‘a profound meditation on the meaning of life’ these days, I’m gonna become a deep thinking mystical sage.

Skip this short paragraph if you don’t want a SPOILER on the plot. Here it is: A young reincarnated boy remembers his previous life in which he was murdered; well yipadedoo for the police. Case sorted!

These days, if a book hasn’t grabbed me in the first fifty pages it’s booted off to plan
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’d not heard of The Forgetting Time until I spied it on NetGalley and instantly my interest was piqued. For some strange reason (probably cover design more than anything) I was expecting a novel a little like Room by Emma Donahuge but actually, I couldn’t have been more wrong!
The Forgetting Time is impossible to classify. It doesn’t fit into any genre, well, any genre that I know of any way! There are so many facets and threads to this plot that, whilst are all vastly different, work more than
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2016
I rarely give books a 5 star rating. When I do, it is a sure bet it will be a few days before I start another book. It is going to take me a few days to process all that occurred in the story. After just a few pages into this book, I was keenly aware what a special book this was going to be. The Forgetting Time has such a unique plot that tackles a subject matter that I find fascinating. Is there life after death? The author does a superb job developing the characters and creating a page turning ...more
Judy D Collins
Sharon Guskin delivers a spellbinding debut THE FORGETTING TIME —a reincarnated spirit of a murdered child –A psychological mystery, with a paranormal/literary twist-- can a piece of us be carried inside someone else?

Janie Zimmerman, finds herself pregnant after a brief encounter (one-night stand) with a stranger, and now, Noah is four-years-old, and begins to experience bizarre behavior, even though highly intelligent. The pre-school and Jane are both concerned. He becomes difficult, and is k
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to reincarnation, I’m like Mulder in “The X-Files” – I want to believe. What a wonderful concept to think that we have another life ahead of us with a second chance to live a better life.

Noah is a 4-year-old boy who lives with his single mom, Janie. She has always thought that he was precocious as he seemed to know about things he was never taught. But his terror of bathing is getting worse as is his longing for his “other mother” and his desire to go home, even when he’s in his o
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
The Forgetting Time is like nothing I’ve ever read before. It’s a book that doesn’t fit into one set genre and is completely and utterly unique. It’s an explosive debut that has opened my mind to a subject that I knew next to nothing about, as this is a book that looks at the possibility of reincarnation.

Noah is an incredibly troubled four year old. He’s terrified of water to the point where he won’t wash and he cries at his mother Janie that he wants to go home, he wants his real mother. But he
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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Four year old Noah has terrifying nightmares with deafening screams, he cries telling his mom that he wants to go home and wants his mama. Janie is a successful architect, a single mom who struggles with the fact that her son Noah has memories from a previous life which didn't include her. After being called to the principals office at her sons school on several different occasions she realizes she must get professio
Nov 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This book kept my interest enough that I read it in one sitting and finished it at 1:30 in the morning---way past my bedtime! Like Lisa Genova's Still Alice, which informed the reader about early onset Alzheimer's, The Forgetting Time is a fictional exploration of the concept of reincarnation, its history and possible impact on one family. The author did a great job of telling the story of four-year-old Noah, who had memories of another life and a strong need to return to his 'real' family. This ...more
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This was definitely an interesting book that made you wonder what you would do if you were in the same situation. I've never believed in reincarnation, and this book didn't change my view on the matter. It was entertaining, and the excerpts from Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children's Memories of Previous Lives by Jim B. Tucker were intriguing. Although it sounds a little messed up to say, I was disappointed in the (view spoiler)
May 11, 2016 added it
"You only live once". What if this is not true? What if I was someone else before I was me? This novel explores such a possibility in a believable manner. A single stressed mother searching for answers for her troubled boy finds an aphasic psychiatrist who believes the boy is having memories from a previous life. The journey is long and twisted but a satisfying resolution is reached for each character. I loved this book because it made me think and ask questions. When you look into someone's eye ...more
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SHARON GUSKIN has been a fellow at Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and Ragdale, and has degrees from Yale University and the Columbia University School of the Arts. In addition to writing fiction, she has worked as a writer and producer of documentary films. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons. THE FORGETTING TIME is her first novel.

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