Nell survived. But as one of two people who lived following
a plane crash, Nell has no memory of her life or even the
crash. Her mind is a blank slate. Once her body begins to
heal, she must find or craft a life that feels right to her.
Her friends and family are her primary sources of
information, but Nell learns that everyone filters
information based on what they might gain or lose, making it
difficult for her to know who to trust. Nell must decide
how far she is willing to go to forgive and determine who is
worthy as she determines her path in life going forward.
Allison Winn Scotch has penned a story that is literary in
style, but gritty in story. Everything is messy and does
not wrap up with a nice package with a neat bow as Nell
attempts to regain her memory. Nell's struggle between who
she was and who she must now decide to be is, without the
benefit of amnesia, a familiar fight, one that most people
wage. Does our past dictate our present and future? Must
our lives be framed by history or are we allowed to draw
outside the lines to create the picture of ourselves we
Scotch's prose is honest, poetic and at times, raw. She
peels back the layers for Nell, and thereby, for her
readers, layers that don't always want to budge, leaving one
to wonder whether the pain is worth it and just how many
layers might there be to uncover. In the end, Nell's
journey teaches the lesson we all must learn: our lives are
our own. THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME shows that life remains
anything but. It is a recommended read for when something
meatier than the typical beach read is in order.
One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery
wakes in the hospital with no memory of the horrific
experience-or who she is, or was. Now she must piece
together both body and mind, with the help of family and
friends, who have their own agendas. She filters through
photos, art, music, and stories, hoping something will jog
her memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts
remembering. . . .
It isn't long before she learns to question the stories
presented by her mother, her sister and business partner,
and her husband. In the end, she will discover that
forgiving betrayals small and large will be the only true
path to healing herself-and to finding happiness.