The Life Lucy Knew

The Life Lucy Knew
The Life Lucy Knew
Imagine waking up in the hospital and you have no idea how you got there. Then imagine that your parents are there, and a friend from work, but not your husband. You check your ring finger, no ring. Your life, as you know it, or as you think you know it, is about to be turned upside down. I've just finished reading "The Life Lucy Knew" by Karma Brown, which I've found to be incredibly thought-provoking.

Here is the book summary from the Bridges Library System on-line card catalog:

"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."

Lucy believes that she knows who she is and what she likes or doesn't like, only to find out otherwise. As she recovers, she ends up searching for her own identity and personality, along with her past. She lives daily in a world that isn't what it seems to be, among trusted family members and friends, who in her "best interest", continually withhold the truth from her. How can Lucy sort out truth from falsehood when nothing is what it appears and she can't trust her very own self, her own "memories", those from the past and her new ones going forward?

This book will have you reconsidering whether your own memories are true. I found myself thinking a lot about memory. How do we create memories, how accurate are they, are we re-creating them every time we review them, how fluid is the concept of memory? Then there are also the questions related to trust - should our family and friends withhold facts to protect us or is it better to be open, even if the information might by hurtful?

This is an intriguing story based on an intriguing concept, and would make an excellent book for discussion.

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