The Repeat Year
By Andrea Lochen
(Berkley Trade, Paperback, 9780425263136, 400pp.)
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
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Everyone has days, weeks, even months they wish they could do overbut what about an entire year? After living through the worst twelve months of her life, intensive care nurse Olive Watson is given a second chance to relive her past and attempt to discover where she went wrong
After a year of hardships, including a messy breakup with her longtime boyfriend Phil, the prospect of her mother’s remarriage, and heartbreaking patient losses at the hospital, Olive is ready to start fresh. But when she wakes up in her ex-boyfriend’s bed on New Year’s Day 2011a day she has already livedOlive’s world is turned upside down. Shouldering a year of memories that no one else can recall, even Olive begins to question herselfuntil she discovers that she is not alone. Upon crossing paths with Sherry Witan, an experienced repeater,” Olive learns that she has the chance to rewrite her future. Given the opportunity of a lifetime, Olive has to decide what she really wants. Should she make different choices, or accept her life as she knows it, flaws and all?
An intriguing premise and some surprising twists make this an engaging, satisfying read that explores friendship, love and who we really are when it truly matters .A debut novel that offers a fascinating glimpse into one woman’s opportunity to rewrite her past and change her future.”Kirkus Reviews
Andrea Lochen earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. While there, she won a Hopwood Novel Award for a draft of The Repeat Year. She currently lives in suburban Milwaukee with her husband and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. For more information, visit www.andrealochen.com.
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