- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (3 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099497093
- ISBN-13: 978-0099497097
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 936,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Story of You Paperback – 3 May 2007
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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)
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.See all Product Description
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- Rosie Charlton, Esher, Surrey
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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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... Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2014 by Reader
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. Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2011 by Mr. D. A. Reggiori
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 morePublished on 17 Sept. 2010 by S. Taylor
The novel was good in its description of an affair and the obsessive, not quite real world of affairs. Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2010 by Dunfermline woman
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 morePublished on 5 Jun. 2008 by J. Willcox
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 morePublished on 7 Nov. 2007 by International Cowgirl
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 morePublished on 29 Sept. 2007 by D. Ballard
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 morePublished on 5 July 2007 by L. Cyples