THE FORGOTTEN HOURS by Katrin Schumann & Giveaway

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Ten years ago, the absolute worst thing that could happen, happened to Katie Gregory. Her father was accused and convicted for raping her best friend and sentenced to six years in prison. In Katrin Schumann’s novel, THE FORGOTTEN HOURS (LakeUnionPublishing) the prose go back and forth from when the crime occurred and her father’s release. THE FORGOTTEN HOURS tackles complex characters and issues.

At twenty-four, life is looking up for Katie Greogry: she’s snagged a great job in New York City and is falling for a captivating artist—and memories of her traumatic past are finally fading. Katie’s life fell apart almost a decade earlier, during an idyllic summer at her family’s cabin on Eagle Lake when her best friend accused her father of sexual assault. Throughout his trial and imprisonment, Katie insisted on his innocence, dodging reporters and clinging to memories of the man she adores.

Now he’s getting out. Yet when Katie returns to the shuttered lakeside cabin, details of that fateful night resurface: the chill of the lake, the heat of first love, the terrible sting of jealousy. And as old memories collide with new realities, they call into question everything she thinks she knows about family, friends, and, ultimately, herself. Now, Katie’s choices will be put to the test with life-altering consequences.

Schumann’s novel comes at a relevant time. The #metoo movement and topic of consent is in the news. The novel invites readers to question loyalty within a family and one’s best friend. THE FORGOTTEN HOURS hooked me on page one, and I couldn’t stop reading until the end. Once finished, I pondered my own feelings for some time.

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KATRIN’S WORDS:

I was born in Germany and grew up in Brooklyn and London—as a consequence, most of my writing explores our search for a sense of belonging, and the struggle to define ourselves in the context of our circumstances. I now live in Boston and Key West, and will soon be taking over as Program Coordinator of the Key West Literary Seminar and Workshops.

My novel THE FORGOTTEN HOURS was a hard book to write and I’m hoping it will spark a million conversations. It has been called “gut-wrenching,” a “brilliant debut” with a “heart-pounding finish.” I’m also the author of a novel set in post war East Germany about loss and redemption (coming in 2020), as well as several nonfiction books.

My work has been featured multiple times on TODAY and in Woman’s Day, The London Times and on NPR, as well as other national and international media. For the past ten years I’ve been teaching writing, most recently at GrubStreet and at local prisons through PEN New England. Many moons ago, I was granted the Kogan Media Award for my work at National Public Radio and received academic scholarships to Oxford and Stanford Universities. More recently, I’ve been awarded writing residencies at the VCCA, the Norman Mailer Writers Colony and Vermont Studio Center.

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us about your first best friend. Are you still BFFs? We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

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34 thoughts on “THE FORGOTTEN HOURS by Katrin Schumann & Giveaway

  1. Unfortunately not still friends with my first BFF, but I am still friends with someone I met my first day on a job. About 35 years later we are still besties.

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  2. I have to say my sister was my first best friend and we’re there for each other. I lost touch with my first elementary school BF, but still have besties from high school and college.

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  3. My first BFF was from elementary school. We were also neighbors and did everything together. Then we moved away and lost touch. But now thanks to FB, we get to stay in touch that way.

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  4. While I’ve lost touch with my school BFF I have reconnected with many neighborhood friends on line My best adult friends are people I met up to 37 years ago as a young adult

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  5. My best friend lived across the street. I remember going to her house and listening to records and talking about boys. After we graduated we lost touch.

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  6. I moved away after 7th grade and I lost touch with my BFF but have found her on Facebook. It’s nice to see the pictures of her and her family.

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  7. This book sounds fantastic. I know all too well about family loyalty. Six years ago my dad killed my sister and the emotions of that trauma were intense. I wanted to believe that it was just a terrible accident and there’s no way my dad could have done that. Then on top of dealing with it the news was posting articles and everyone was putting their two cents in. Stories weren’t adding up and the whole ordeal literally tore my family apart for years. Our father is no longer apart of me and my older sisters life.

    My first real best friend I met in Jr. High on the kickball field. It was nice to have another tomboy like me. Unfortunately as we got older she became dependent on alcohol and even though she was a functioning alcoholic she came to a benefit for my cousins husband after he passed with a fountain soda mixed with alcohol. It was at a church and she had her daughter with her. I just couldn’t stay friends with someone who made those kind of life choices.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your story. I am so sorry for what you and your family had to go through. I can not imagine the pain that you must feel.

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  8. I met my best friend in kindergarten. We were in the same class. Mrs. Murphy was our teacher. Both of us have October birthdays. I still remember the Halloween cupcakes that we had for our party. Tammi and I have remained friends throughout our childhood and adult life. I am so thankful for her friendship.

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  9. I met my first best friend in grade school. Our moms worked together at Sears catalog office. We were friends all thru high school and roomies in college. We see each other every other month to laugh and exchange books!

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  10. I have often thought about this subject since all my friends seem to be work related. I had one BFF in Highschool. We went off to college together and now only have “likes” on Facebook. Sad.

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  11. My best friend Heather. We have been friends for 35 years or more. Our parents were friends growing up. Qe are long distance, but talk daily.
    As an adult with grown kids id like to think of them as my best friends. My girls are 24 and 22 and my boys are 25 and 19. And my mother who i love so much i consider to be one of my very best friend along with my husband of 26 years.
    Thanks for the cance to win.

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  12. My best friend and I started walking to school together in third grade. That was over 60 years ago and we still talk on the phone a couple of times a month and see each other at least once a year.

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  13. My first best friend was a girl that I knew before we started school. We went all through school together but slowly drifted apart. She doesn’t live that far from me but we are no longer friends.

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  14. My best friend was from elementary school and we’re still besties today, no matter how many miles we are apart.

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  15. This book sounds amazing! Sadly, my BFF and I drifted apart as our lives went in different directions. I suppose that is often how life works. Thank you for this chance!

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  16. I call my Best Friend Linda,”Glinda” because I’m a huge Wizard of Oz fan and collector. I also call and consider my Gilinda my Sister. We have been friends for over 25 years and I don’t know what i would do without her. We are traveling to the Cayman Islands this spring to celebrate both of our milestone Birthdays! I love her to the moon and back!
    Thank you Cindy for the opportunity

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  17. A family moved next door when I was in 3rd grade. Oldest child was also 3rd grade. We became fast friends. Her siblings grew and five children became my family since I am an only child. I moved several times after marriage but still go there because my parents stayed there. We still see each other. Just not as close.

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  18. I had a best friend Susan when I was in grammar school. Sadly we drifted apart when we both went to different high schools.

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  19. We were BFF’s for 25 yrs before She passed away (Car wreck) 10 yrs ago come July 😞😣😭
    Our Birthdays 🎂 were pretty close also so we celebrated our Birthdays 🎂 together also 😊💖😊

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  20. My elementary school best friend moved to NH when we went to 6th grade. She got in touch with me a few years ago and we talked a couple of times, but we lost contact after that.

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  21. I am not, we both turned into completely opposite people. But, I am still friends with my high school best friends and best friends with one of my best friends from my first job, 15 years ago!

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  22. My best friend and I drifted apart when I was sick. She dumped me. I have never understood this but have managed to get over her behavior.

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  23. My first BFF was my cousin who is 3 months younger than me. We went all through school together and had common friends as well. She lives in another state now, but we keep in touch.

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  24. “Best” is a word that suggests that there is only one. My very first “Best” friend is someone very dear to me, as she has been in my life for 34 years (since kindergarten). We only talk every few months, but when we do, we never skip a beat. We are still on the important list for each other to notify immediately when things go terribly wrong or something super exciting happens. She lives 2 states away and I only see her and her family about once a year, but I’m lucky to have her in my life. I have another “Best” friend who also lives in a different state, and that I’ve also known for the same amount of time. Although not as close as BFF #1 when I was younger and in school, we were still very good friends. Throughout adulthood, we’ve increased our bond and she is also someone I can count on for advice and perspective. I share everything with her and vice versa. I talk to her regularly. Then, BFF #3 has only been in my life for a few years. I see her once a week at our weekly coffee that we always make a point to have. She keeps me sane, wipes my tears, gets excited for me, and would do anything for me. She also knows me better than my husband. I don’t know what I’d do without these three totally different but equally special ladies in my life.

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  25. I met my best friend almost 30 years ago when she invited me to join her at a meeting for mothers of twins (I had just had mine and hers were about 18 months old). She picked me up and drove me to the meeting and by the time we got there we were friends. We just clicked. We had the best times raising our kids together (6 in all). Ten years ago I moved hallway across the country but that hasn’t dimmed our friendship at all. We see each other about 4 times a year and talk all the time. To me she’s the sister I never had.

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