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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus; Main edition (4 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782399372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782399377
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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 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 This love story makes for a perfect beach read. Real Simple A powerful, emotionally moving love story. Library Journal Hypnotic. -- Eric da Costa, author of Seven Days Beautifully written... addictive -- Civilian Reader Incredibly beautiful and compulsively readable, The Headmaster's Wife will keep you mesmerized into the wee hours. A master storyteller, Greene's biggest achievement is proving that the most complex mystery of all is how and why we love. Kimberly McCreight, bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia on The Headmaster's Wife Nothing is what it appears in this brilliant story of a life gone awry... The author's true intentions make this tale even more remarkable, for the book is, at its core, a trenchant examination of one family's terrible loss and how the aftermath of tragedy can make or break a person's soul. Publishers Weekly on The Headmaster's Wife Greene's haunting tale tracks the unraveling of a marriage. It starts, eerily, with a naked man's arrest... then twists back in time through love, grief, betrayal, and love again. Good Housekeeping US on The Headmaster's Wife

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‘[Greene] has created two believable and empathetic characters ... readers will be rooting to see Henry and Margot together again despite the odds.’ (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The cover for this really caught my eye as I'm drawn to most things New York after a visit two years ago. Consequently when the publishers Corvus offered me this to review I jumped at it. I've not read anything by this author before so had no idea what I was getting beyond a love story.

This was a book that slowly drew you in, telling the story of Margot and Henry. Theirs was a Romeo and Juliet love story with everything going against it. When they first meet as students in 1991 it is the archetypal mismatch of small town Jewish boy versus WASP frat girl. Yet Henry's quiet, thoughtful poetic persona seems to be the balm that Margot needs and they fall headlong and infatuatedly in love. But life steps painfully in and separates them for 21 years until a chance meeting re-ignites the flame. The question is, is it too late?

The story is told in alternating time frames between 1991 and 2012 with Margot and Henry offering their perspective of the events. This worked well, it was easy to follow and was an interesting way of bringing their individual characters and backgrounds to the fore.

I loved, this book, it was gentle thoughtful and poetic (just like Henry). The language was beautiful and emotive and it worked for me. This was a love story on so many levels. It was a love story about the past and the people they were as well as a love story about the present and the people they could be again. It was as if Margot and Henry had been merely going through the motions for 20 years, not really living and loving but surviving, but until they meet again they haven't fully understood this. For me it was also a love story about New York as you walked it's streets and parks and it features my beloved Flatiron building so that also swayed it for me.

I have seen the book described as cliched and boring, but I prefer to describe it as relatable and quietly powerful and look forward to reading more by this author.
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jun. 2016
Format: Hardcover
In the last week I read a book titled 'I Almost Forgot About You', and now I have read 'If I Forget You'. There must be something in the air about old loves. The author is the founder and president of a fine arts graduate program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont. In 2014, the author, Thomas Christopher Greene, wrote 'The Headmaster's Wife', and it is a superb novel.

'If I Forget You' tells the story of a lost love, and the man who kept looking. Henry Gold, is a poet who came from a family without much money. Providence, RI, where he became a good baseball player, good enough to win him a scholarship to a prestigious college in upstate New York. It was here that he found his calling in life, poetry and writing. And it was here that he found his love, Margot Fuller, a beautiful woman from a very wealthy family. They fall in love but, alas, they were not meant to be together, and this is where the story begins.

Told from the viewpoints of Henry and Margot in alternating chapters, we learn about their lives, and their search for one another. The writing is superb, it is lyrical and lovely, not surprising coming from a man with a fine arts background. This is a story about love and family, and the search for what seems beyond your dreams. There is always a catch it seems, in the author's novels, and this one is the same. In the end the question of love and choices remains the same.

Recommended. prisrob 06-23-16
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Format: Kindle Edition
In 2016 Henry spots the love of his life from 1991, Margot. She sees him but she runs away, leaving him wondering what might have been.

T.C. Greene is a consummate writer. Given that Henry is a poet, Greene’s writing matches the intensity and quality a reader might expect from Henry. Having read the first few pages of If I Forget You, I knew I was going to be captivated by the style. The continuous present tense suggests that, despite everything, the love between Henry and Margot has endured the intervening years.

I don’t usually enjoy plots that go back and forth in time, but this one worked so well, gradually peeling back the time and memories so that a full picture is given to the reader. I think those wanting a racy, thrilling plot will be disappointed. This is not what If I Forget You is about as it builds more quietly into a hugely satisfying read. However, I had several ‘Oh no!’ moments where I wanted events to turn out differently and this made me read on rapidly as I needed to know the outcomes.

What I thought was interesting about how much I enjoyed If I Forget You, was the fact that I didn’t much like Margot and yet I still wanted to know what happened to her and cared about how she was affected by events. I think it takes a highly skilled writer to be able to hold the reader’s attention this way.

I also loved the setting. The backdrop of New York took me back to living and working there and I thought T.C. Greene presented it perfectly. I rarely mention artwork but I thought the cover for the book portrayed New York wonderfully.

However, what moved me most about If I Forget You was the intensity of emotion. The rawness of grief, guilt, obsession and love mix with indifference and the euphoria of joy to create a wonderful picture of humanity.

Anyone who has loved and lost cannot fail to be moved by this If I Forget You.
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Format: Kindle Edition
When any book lands on my doorstep and has the beautiful New York skyline on its cover I am always going to be excited to read it.  If I Forget You did not disappoint me.  A story centred solely on the love story of Margot and Henry, it was gentle but not kitsch. 

T. C. Greene has written in present tense, which puts the reader really up close and personal with the two characters and as I read further along I became more and more involved with them, entangled in their rush of emotions.  The story starts in the present day, when a chance encounter between the two stirs up so much emotion in them it just can not be left.  We are then given chapters, interchanging between past and present, from both points of view - which I liked very much - and we discover the delicious history the two have together.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the plot.  As I read I thought the book was just going to tell of the love story, a pattern of longing and circumstance, so was quite pleased with the twist in the tale at the end.

I have to say, I loved Henry, but did not care so much for Margot, but I think this is what made it a captivating love story rather than a cringe-worthy one.  I liked that they were flawed characters and the realism that sometimes 'real life' does get in the way of love. 

Beautiful prose paired with exceptional and vivid imagery of New York I thoroughly enjoyed getting embroiled in the world of Henry and Margot, and their love story.

(This review was originally published on my book blog The Very Pink Notebook)
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