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Fiction Contemporary Women

The Life Lucy Knew

A Novel

by (author) Karma Brown

Park Row Books
Initial publish date
Jun 2018
Contemporary Women, Literary, Marriage & Divorce, Family Life
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From the bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife comes an emotional novel about memory and the resilience of love

After hitting her head, Lucy Sparks awakens in the hospital to a shocking revelation: the man she’s known and loved for years—the man she recently married—is not actually her husband. In fact, they haven’t even spoken since their breakup four years earlier. The happily-ever-after she remembers in vivid detail—right down to the dress she wore to their wedding—is only one example of what her doctors call a false memory: recollections Lucy’s mind made up to fill in the blanks from the coma.

Her psychologist explains the condition as honest lying, because while Lucy’s memories are false, they still feel incredibly real. Now she has no idea which memories she can trust—a devastating experience not only for Lucy, but also for her family, friends and especially her devoted boyfriend, Matt, whom Lucy remembers merely as a work colleague.

When the life Lucy believes she had slams against the reality she’s been living for the past four years, she must make a difficult choice about which life she wants to lead, and who she really is.

About the author

KARMA BROWN is an award-winning journalist and author of the bestsellers Come Away with Me, The Choices We Make and In This Moment. In addition to her novels, Karma's writing has appeared in publications such as Redbook, SELF, and Chatelaine. Karma lives just outside Toronto with her husband, daughter, and their labradoodle, Fred. The Life Lucy Knew is her most recent novel. 

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Editorial Reviews

"An enthralling, irresistible, and deeply emotional read, THE LIFE LUCY KNEW proves Karma Brown is at the top of her game. Packed with rich layers and surprise revelations, Brown has crafted yet another captivating love story. This one will stick with you long after you finish."
–Kerry Lonsdale, bestselling author of Everything We Left Behind

"In The Life Lucy Knew, Karma Brown's exploration of the intersection of memory, identity, and love is both fascinating and deeply moving. I stayed up far too late reading chapter after chapter, knowing I wouldn't be able to fall asleep until I learned Lucy's fate. I'm sure I'll be thinking about this powerful, compelling story for a long time to come."
-Jill Santopolo, USA Today bestselling author of The Light We Lost

"With a fresh premise that grabs you from the first page, THE LIFE LUCY KNEW offers an emotionally complex journey through one woman's struggle to reconcile love and memory. Once again, Karma Brown delivers characters so vivid and truly likeable that it's impossible to leave the book without feeling just a little bit better for having known them."
-Jamie Brenner, bestselling author of The Husband Hour

"THE LIFE LUCY KNEW is the kind of story that engrosses you in a character's life while making you contemplate your own. A fascinating look at what we most want to remember, and what we'd just as soon forget." -Jessica Strawser, author of Almost Missed You

"In This Moment is a powerful and evocative story about the life-altering consequences of a single decision. [A] riveting tale." -Emily Giffen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love

"Exploring the influence and consequence of guilt, love and responsibility...In This Moment is an emotionally riveting read." -Amy Hatvany, author of It Happens All the Time

"With In This Moment, Brown proves once again that she is a masterful observer of the emotional nuance of relationships-both familial and romantic. A must-read." -Colleen Oakley, author of Close Enough to Touch

"Brown has a knack for...deftly examining the fissures in a family.... I will await [her] next book with admiration and anticipation." -Meg Mitchell Moore, author of The Captain's Daughter

"Full of lush locations [and] memorable characters...Come Away with Me is nothing short of jaw-dropping." -Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

"[We] are ready for more of Brown's powerful, heartfelt prose. She's the female Nicholas Sparks." -Redbook

"Should appeal to readers who relish Nicholas Sparks' sentimental stories combined with the kind of weighty issues often raised by Jodi Picoult." -New York Journal of Books

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