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Nothing Is Forgotten

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From the beloved author of Comeback Love and Wherever There Is Light, comes a novel about the life-changing journey of a young man who travels from New Jersey to Khrushchev’s Russia and the beaches of Southern France as he finds love and discovers the long-hidden secrets about his heritage.

In 1950s New Jersey, Michael Daniels launches a radio show in the storage room of hi
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Atria Books
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Angela M
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

This story of a young Jewish man trying to discover his grandmother’s past and what happened to her in Russia during WWII was one that I was drawn to. I read a lot of holocaust stories because I believe they are so important to read and I enjoy the connections that characters make with their family’s past. Michael ‘s present story takes place during the Cold War and it became much more of a spy thriller than I had anticipated, a genre I don’t usually read. Thus the 3 stars. There was j
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Michael Daniels is living in 1950s New Jersey when he stars in a radio show he performs in his grandmother’s basement. What’s he famous for? His satires of Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the USSR.

The show is so popular it even makes its way to the Soviet Union. Yulianna Kosoy lives in this small city where she smuggles American goods into the country.

The radio show is booming when Michael’s grandmother is murdered in her store. The reason why is a mystery. His grandmother had not shared much abo
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I shook my head, and he smiled a little sadly—the Russian smile, my grandmother called it, like a weak sun in a winter-gray sky.

Named for Mark Twain, whose loathing of Tsarist Russia endeared him to the party, the students spent half the day immersed in the government-blessed curriculum in Russian and the other half taking courses in English, all while a portrait of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet state, stood guard on a wall of every classroom, glaring at the students
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Exceptionally told, expertly researched, immensely engaging!

Peter Golden has constructed a highly addictive and compelling read. This was kind of historical fiction meets spy thriller meets mystery meets romance. The writing was eloquent and descriptive. Mr. golden does a wonderful job of bringing the spirit of the cold war to the pages of this book.

This book will take you from New Jersey, to Munich, to Russia, to France, to California, and probably places I have forgotten. The story was fast
Amy Bruno
I only meant to read a page or two as I waited for my boys at the bus stop to get home from school, but Peter Golden's writing sucked me in and I was officially toast! Nothing is Forgotten is one powerfully moving novel, brilliant in execution, and an emotional roller coaster. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll root for the heroes and you'll fly through the pages to see if evil will finally get their due. I absolutely loved every page! I had so many passages highlighted on my eBook because there w ...more
Hallie Szott

Michael Daniels loves his grandmother, Emma, dearly, but when he stumbles across her murdered body one morning, he realizes he might not have known her. He then embarks on a journey around Europe and the U.S., beginning for the sake of safety, but continuing to discover the truth of his family history. Along the way, he gathers pieces of that truth, connecting post-war Nazi trials, the KGB, Picasso, plenty of secrets, and more.

Nothing Is Forgotten by Peter Golden starts slow, and admittedly,
T.H. Hernandez
NOTHING IS FORGOTTEN is currently in my top five favorite books of all time, joining A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY, SHE'S COME UNDONE, GONE WITH THE WIND, and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. At times, the book is a thriller, others a mystery, and still others, a romance, but at all times, it's captivating, emotional, and incredibly well told. The story opens in Michael's childhood and reads like a memoir until his grandmother is killed, and then it takes off like a thriller wrapped in a mystery as Michael tries ...more
Keren Krinick
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I didn't expect this novel to be so powerful! "Nothing Is Forgotten", by Peter Golden, is an interesting historical fiction, spanning from the 1960's in America, to WWII in Eastern Europe, as well as the Cold War in Russia and East Berlin. A young man's exploration of his family roots, told with the rhythm of a mystery novel. Full of thorough research and vivid descriptions, with many unexpected turn of events and discoveries. A proof that our stories, indeed, do not have to be "written in ...more
Rita Dragonette
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Golden’s Nothing is Forgotten features a central metaphor of Russian nesting dolls to drive deeper and deeper to reveal a story that keeps surprising the reader with all that it is-- a baffling murder mystery, a riveting historical novel, an espionage thriller with a dizzying cast of characters, a tragic family saga and, to top it off, a love story. This smorgasbord of interrelated plot points will certainly propel you through the pages, but as the novel crosses genres it also unfolds as a story ...more
Paul Bennett
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What originally drew me to this book is the time it takes place. I grew up during the Cold War as does the protagonist in Nothing is Forgotten. As I started reading it I soon realized that this was more than just a coming of age tale, though there is that element to it. Instead what I found is a captivating, and well crafted mystery/romance/spy vs spy story as Michael/Misha delves into his family's past. The author delivers a plot with many turns and unexpected developments that certainly make t ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a beautifully written story told from a perspective that you seldom read about. This was a treat from page one until I turned the final page. I definitely recommend this one to lovers of mystery and WWII fiction.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What I love about this story:
1. Michael's sharp sarcasm and voice. Reminds me of his age, era, and the place where he lived.
2. Michael is an intelligent fellow. He is not a nerd. He does not come across as a know-it- all. He is fluent in several languages. He is street smart. He is observant of his surroundings and the people.
3. Peter Golden is simply a great storyteller. I think this is a great book to hear on audio.
4. I loved reading about how the family came to America; and later the circum
J. Harding
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I loved reading this book. I had little knowledge of what I was getting into, and glad I dove in blind: highly recommended.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of the book as part of my participation in the blog tour.

You know how sometimes you come across a book that’s within your wheelhouse of preferred genres and sounds like it could be interesting, so you pick it up with a mild caution in the back of your mind because even though it sounds interesting, it’s still a bit “may or may not be for me”? That was this book for me. I was mostly curious and mildly cautious. And then I started reading it and found myself so completely i
John R. Goyer
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A superb and special novel. I wasn't sure where we were going for the beginning parts of the book, but the characters and international events grew and interacted in a completely logical and engrossing way. We meet bad people doing bad things, good people doing bad things, and all people with at least a spark of humanity however dark - the story follows Michael on a complex search for understanding his past and trying to find the murderer of his grandmother. The past is slowly brought to light w ...more
Karen Raskin
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, rounding down because second half was farfetched. This book can't decide what it is - spy thriller, romance, or Holocaust-related story, all with some humor thrown in. I guess it is all of these things, but that makes it uneven. Just ok for me, despite promising start.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nothing is Forgotten by Peter Golden is a full length, standalone novel.
Peter Golden is the author of Come Back Love ; and Wherever There Is Light.

Nothing is Forgotten : the journey of a young man who travels from New Jersey to Khrushchev´s Russia and the beaches of France. He finds love and discovers the secrets of his heritage.
Meet Michael Daniels, he´s the typical immigrant´s son, grows up sheltered and beloved by his granny. Hunger for life and circumstances throw him into the adventure of a
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a surprisingly good read. I wasn't sure I could take another WWII book, however that Nothing Is Forgotten is based on Russia's part in the war is an intriguingly new take. The perspectives going back and forth between characters makes the storyline and dialogue more interesting and lets the book flow. Misha (Michael) and Yuli's love story takes us from New Jersey to Russia, East Germany and all over France while the two learn about each other and Misha's family heritage. The charac ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nothing is Forgotten begins in the late 1950's in South Orange, New Jersey. Michael "Misha" Daniels is a teenager looking for direction in his life. He begins working on a small radio show, which eventually becomes popular locally ... and overseas in Russia. After his beloved grandmother is murdered at the family candy store in 1964, Misha travels overseas to find answers about her past -- from Germany to Russia to France, and eventually to Atlanta and Los Angeles. His story intertwines with tha ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nothing is Forgotten is a well crafted and deeply engrossing tale of a young man’s journey of discovery through a family history that was unknown to him. Michael had a pretty typical American upbringing; his parents owned a candy shop and his grandmother was there to care for him. He loves Rock and Roll and in all ways was living like any normal kid. Using some connections he soon turns his love of music into a job spinning records as a DJ and becomes known as “the mad Russian.” Then his grandmo ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Peter Golden, the author, was appearing locally to discuss this book and I wanted to meet him so I quickly began to read Nothing Is Forgotten.
Partly, historical fiction, partly a coming of age story and party a thriller- this book runs the gamut. Never was there a lull as I sped through the pages excited to get to the next stop on my journey.
Michael, a young Jewish man is being raised by his grandmother in South Orange New Jersey. His grandmother is well known in the neighborhood for her gener
Donald Friedman
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Peter Golden likes to use a large canvas, taking his readers on glorious excursions, situating his characters and their exciting adventures in whatever period or locale he chooses, and thanks to his deep research and well-honed craft, with amazing believability. In Nothing is Forgotten he has chosen the Holocaust and the big war, and the cold one that followed, and his clear intention, realized through good old-fashioned story-telling and an appealing love story, is to make sure we don't forget. ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read both of the author's earlier books (Comeback Love and Wherever There is Light) and while I greatly enjoyed them, this one is his best by far. The writing style is wonderful and does a terrific job in unfolding the story, so that the reader is compelled to keep reading - never feeling like the story has revealed itself prematurely.
In my own work as a genealogist, I know how challenging it can be to tell ancestral stories in a compelling way that is accurate in terms of social, econom
Andrea Stoeckel
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Why does God write our stories in vanishing ink?”

It’s a query presented by Michael Daniels’ grandmother Emma in the back of an art book he finds in her bookcase after she’s been killed in her workplace in South Orange NJ in the early 1960s. And in trying to figure out who is Grandmother actually WAS, he’s certainly not ready for the work that takes him all over the world to find out.

Michael’s trying to figure this out connects him with CIA operatives, Holocaust survivors, Russian smugglers, art
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I will admit that at first I was struggling with this book. In fact, I put it down after getting about half way. After a while, I did go back and decided to start over again. The second time around was much better. So, my suggestion would be to other readers that might be feeling the same way as I did. Wait until you are in a better head space and can dedicate some more time to this book. You won't regret it.

I really liked Michael. I was drawn towards him and his story. I did feel the loss of hi
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a real page turner for me. I thought I'd lost my love of reading until I encountered this book & my lifelong passion was restored. The characters are believable people you care about, & so relatable, even when their life experiences are so different from your own. Likewise with the settings...his descriptions return you vividly & poignantly to familiar places, but even with locales you've never been in fact, you feel and see & sense them as familiar. The plot moves quickly & twisti ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a fun book to read.

I grew up in the Millburn/South Orange area and currently live in Maplewood, NJ. My book group is also local to South Orange and we have students at Columbia High School (mentioned several times in the book).

I enjoyed the references to Don's, Grunings (Ice Cream Parlor) and Columbia High School and the area in the 1960's.

It was also an interesting storyline (historical fiction) and I learned even more about Europe / Nazi Germany in the early 1940's. My book group di
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
‘Nothing is Forgotten’ is a very interesting and well researched story. Michael Daniels is raised by his grandmother after his parents are killed in a car accident. When his grandmother passes away, Michael learns that she had many secrets. The story goes from New Jersey to Russia to France as Michael tries to uncover the secrets of the woman he thought he knew, and tries to understand why she kept so many important details of her life from him.
I enjoyed the aspects of mystery that the story too
Jennifer Campbell
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific book. A very well-written historical fiction/thriller, it goes from 1960’s America, Soviet Russia and Europe back to WWII. Intriguing characters, the Cold War setting, and great writing elevate the essential thriller plot into a very good novel. I was very moved by the ending and am still thinking about the characters. One passage that really stuck with me is a conversation in a restaurant in Los Angeles where one character looks around at the happy diners and contrasts them t ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't know what to expect when I first started reading. Michael's life was outside my own almost completely, both in experience and in the time frame. How to start to consider a teenage DJ who knew English and Russian and whose grandmother ran a candy store? I know, it's fiction, and you're supposed to relate. Even though I didn't know what to expect, once I started reading, it was hard to put the book down! And there were twists and turns and details and trips that were (to me) completely un ...more
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Peter Golden is an award-winning journalist, historian, and novelist who has written nine books and interviewed Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush (41); Secretaries of State Kissinger, Haig, Shultz, and Eagleburger; Israeli Prime Ministers Rabin, Peres, and Shamir; and Soviet President Gorbachev. His first novel, Comeback Love, was praised by the novelist and reviewer Caroline Leavitt as an ...more

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