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What Isn't Remembered


Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 09/2021
Pages: 276
Subject: Fiction
eBook ISBN: 9781496229229


Winner of the Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, the stories in What Isn't Remembered explore the burden, the power, and the nature of love between people who often feel misplaced and estranged from their deepest selves and the world, where they cannot find a home. The characters yearn not only to redefine themselves and rebuild their relationships but also to recover lost loves—a parent, a child, a friend, a spouse, a partner. A young man longs for his mother's love while grieving the loss of his older brother. A mother's affair sabotages her relationship with her daughter, causing a lifelong feud between the two. A divorced man struggles to come to terms with his failed marriage and his family's genocidal past while trying to persuade his father to start cancer treatments. A high school girl feels responsible for the death of her best friend, and the guilt continues to haunt her decades later. Evocative and lyrical, the tales in What Isn't Remembered uncover complex events and emotions, as well as the unpredictable ways in which people adapt to what happens in their lives, finding solace from the most surprising and unexpected sources.  


Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry, a Russian Armenian émigré, has published fifty stories and received eight Pushcart nominations. Her work has appeared in Indiana Review, the Southern Review, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, and elsewhere. Gorcheva-Newberry is the winner of the 2013 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Tennessee Williams scholarship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference.


"In Russian Armenian Gorcheva-Newberry's vibrant collection, a series of immigrants embrace their adopted culture while remaining rootless and shackled to the past. . . . Throughout, the situations are arresting and the images indelible. Gorcheva-Newberry's luminous prose will remain vivid in the reader's mind."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The book excels at juxtapositions without resolutions, that stretch and linger long after their stories are finished. . . . The stories of What Isn't Remembered run an emotional marathon. They are virtuosic, bold, and unsparing as they talk about 'history and personal experiences, hunger and pain as [we continue] living through them, as though nothing ever ended but coexisted in parallel worlds.'"—Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers, Foreword Reviews, starred

"Spanning ages and continents, the stories in Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry's collection focus on complex people facing the greatest life challenges. In the best traditions of Russian and American classics, the stories are at times raw and heart-wrenching, at other times uplifting, but always a true pleasure to read!"—Lara Vapnyar, author of Divide Me by Zero