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Julie Myerson
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Book Description

3 May 2007

A freezing room in a student house, a sagging mattress on the floor, and two people, one nineteen, the other twenty, kissing passionately. All night.

It is to this scene that, twenty years later, Rosy, the narrator of Julie Myerson's astonishing new novel, returns obsessively. She has just lost a child in a terrible, careless accident, and Tom, her partner, has taken her to Paris to forget about things, to start again.

It has snowed in the night and, waking at dawn, Rosy decides to go for a walk. At the hotel desk there's a note for her: 'I'm waiting for you X.' And he is, sitting in the corner of a café she enters almost at random. They talk. He touches her. She turns away and when she looks again he is gone.

Was he there? Had she dreamed him? And why, when he emails her out of the blue two days later, does he write as though they haven't met for twenty years?


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099497093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099497097
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 692,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Myerson is the author of seven novels, including the bestselling Something Might Happen, and three works of non-fiction, including Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived In Our House, which was dramatised on BBC Radio 4 and her most recent book, The Lost Child. She lives in London and Suffolk with her husband and teenage children.

(Photo credit: Chloe Myerson)

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"Grief isn't normally the stuff of page-turners but Myerson, in stark, simple prose - seemingly effortless, though I suspect far from it - has constructed a compelling thriller out of it... A terrific read" (John Harding Daily Mail)

"Achingly brilliant...a haunting and compelling tale of memory, grief and obsession" (Sunday Express)

"A powerful, moving study of sadness and the uncanny" (Ludovic Hunter-Tilney Financial Times)

"Will haunt you to the last page" (Scotsman)

"This is an extraordinary, peculiar, mesmerising novel - the collected wail of middle-aged female anguish is brilliantly articulated. Myerson is one the select few who can write convincingly about a passionate love affair, with all its exquisite pains and barbed pleasures" (New Statesman)

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The tale of a woman trying to get by as a mother and a wife while falling in love with a man from a memory, written with Julie Myerson's signature empathy and precision.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lyrical read that I couldn't put down... 4 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
Myerson's prose is almost poetic, and I found myself entranced from the very first paragraph. The story is beautifully written as Myerson weaves together memories of an encounter many years ago with the story of today.

Rosy, the central character and the voice of the novel is battling to keep her family life on track following the tragic death of her youngest daughter. When her husband takes her away to Paris she takes a walk in the snow at the crack of dawn and meets a man who was once the boy she spent the night with more than twenty years ago on that memorable night that continues to haunt her.

When she returns home she strikes up an email conversation with the man, who behaves as though they haven't seen each other for twenty years.

Myerson weaves the past and the present together in such a way that the true account of her daughter's tragic death isn't made clear until more than half way through the novel. The relationship she has with Tom, her almost-husband, is a stark contrast to the affair she strikes up with "you", the man who understands her in a way no one else ever has, and whose name the reader never learns.

I couldn't put this book down as I wanted to know more about the events of the past, and whether Rosy's lover really existed; I wondered whether he was real, a figment of her imagination, a ghost or even an hallucination.

The Story of You took my breath away, made my heart ache and made me think about the preciousness of love, relationships and the simple gestures and understandings that draw people together.

It's been almost three days since I finished reading the book and I still find myself thinking about it, which is why I've decided to award The Story of You by Julie Myerson the elusive 6 star rating at Blue Archipelago Reviews!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of You 31 May 2007
Format:Paperback
This is a story of real people, real life, real feelings and it gripped me into the wee hours on a trip this weekend to Venice! I did have to re-read some of the dialogue again after I finished it as the ending has such a twist. I too am from the era of dungarees, Average White Band and Charlie perfume so I swept through the early pages with much nostalgia. The grief of losing their daughter whilst trying to maintain a normal existence is written with full heart rendering disclosure which hooks you in at the first mention. It left me thinking how complex the human mind really is and yet it is also full of sentiment. Everyone deals with grief in a different way and this really is the story of one persons voyage to try to make sense of it all when even existing after the death of ones child doesn't make any sense. Bravo, Julie Myerson!

- Rosie Charlton, Esher, Surrey
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book 12 Jun 2014
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Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful book. I found it hauntingly beautiful and authentic, even at the same time as it is strays from 'reality' in a way that questions the mental soundness of the main character, with effective contrasts between two current parts of her life, and superb flashbacks to her previous story as a young woman, masterfully woven together into a superb story. As the last sentence might convey, it left me at times breathless! It was hugely meaningful to me, and moved me. I did not think that Julie Myerson would easily equal 'Something Might Happen'. She has with this novel.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to its promise 23 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback
I was really intrigued by the style of this book when I began to read it and thought it was going to be a good'un. But sadly, I soon began to realise that the storyline was a bit thin - it could have been so much better if it didn't concentrate on the fine detail of the sex life of the central character.
Don't get me wrong, I like a bit of soft porn as much as anyone, but this is strictly Mills & Boon stuff and added nothing to the story - I soon tired of the endless passages of self pity alongside supposedly earth moving sex. You can't have it both ways.
Disappointing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts. 23 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
The novel was good in its description of an affair and the obsessive, not quite real world of affairs. I found that having an affair with a person who may or may not exist was just silly though, as well as unnecessary. The main character of the book irritated me too much for the novel to be enjoyable. She seemed very narcissistic and to view continually crying as proof of how poetic and sensitive she was, rather than a sign that she had too much time on her hands to be introspective and maybe needed a real job. I suspect I'd have related to her better when I was 17 and also prone to having too much time on my hands and being a bit of a drama queen.
The way she always wanted to be the "good guy" with her kids and be the ones catering to their wants rather than needs (with fatal results) and to be the one telling them they can keep kittens etc leaving her partner to be the tough guy who did the discipline became very irritating as well, but probably fitted in with her narcissism.
If the rest of her novels involve her fussing over her children and crying alot whilst telling everyone how sensitive she is I've no desire to read more, which is a shame as she does obsessive relationships well.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A good start 6 July 2007
Format:Paperback
To begin with I found the style that the book was written in interesting and engaging, it made me want to know what would happen next, however, as the story progressed I found the plot began to drag and I discovered the only reason I was carrying on with it was because I wanted to find out how her baby had died. Once I'd reached this point I found the novel less engaging, a little slow and I skip read to the end. It might have been me having a bad night, but 60 pages before the end I realised that the book was just plain dull, which I was quite dissapointed about as I had looked forward to reading what I thought would be mysterious and suggestive. As the novel progressed I found that I really didn't like the way the man she was having the affair with talked and he just began to annoy me. All in all I was quite dissappointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The worst book I have ever read...
I only kept reading it cos I thought, it just has to have a twist or a turn to make whoever agreed to print this actually commercially viable. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2010 by S. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars perfect "Me Time" reading.
I have just returned from a mixed weather week in Cornwall, so there was alot of time to read the many books in the owners cottage. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2008 by J. Willcox
4.0 out of 5 stars Between grief and nothing...
This probably isn't her best book, but the prose is delicious as always. Yes, it's kind of slow and some of Myerson's stylistic quirks border on the annoying from time to time. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2007 by International Cowgirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better
I found much of this book very moving. Mary the baby in particular is described in sensuous detail that makes her live on the page. Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2007 by D. Ballard
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!!
On the whole i thought this book was ok, if a little depressing. Although the story is all about grief so what can you expect! Read more
Published on 5 July 2007 by L. Cyples
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
i can use one word to sum up this book and that is awful, the writer spends the duration of the book leading up to the ending only to leave u feeling unsatisfied, its complicated... Read more
Published on 1 July 2007 by Ms. K. E. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
An extraordinary book, impossible to put down. Julie Myerson writes with disturbing insight about the nuts and bolts of what makes or breaks a relationship. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2007 by Mme Beverly Claire SMART
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read this year
I liked Julie Myerson after being really impressed with 'Something Might Happen' - where her favourite word was 'fizzy', all the way through. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2007 by Wendy
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