Can you imagine waking up one day and have no memory of who
This happens when Nell Slattery wakes up, she finds herself
in a hospital room, tied to various tubes and monitors. A
man and an older woman, looking ragged, fly to her bedside
and begin crying the moment they see her open eyes. Others
enter and a man, introducing himself as Dr. Macht, begins to
ask her simple questions -- where are you, what day is this,
etc. When a mirror is placed in front of her, Nell gazes
into the reflected woman's eyes and has no idea who she is.
Her mind is a complete blank with no memories of anything.
She doesn't know her husband, she doesn't know her mother --
she doesn't know herself.
Nell is told that she was in an airplane crash nearly a week
ago and has been in a coma since then. A reporter on the
news, whose face she finds strangely comforting, fills in
the details - 152 dead and two survivors, Nell and Hollywood
bad boy actor Anderson Carroll. They were found 200 yards
away from the crash debris in an Iowa cornfield, still
strapped in their seats.
When Nell meets Anderson, he describes exactly how she saved
his life and promises whatever she needs for the rest of her
life, he's there for her. He shows her their pictures on the
cover of People magazine and Nell is perplexed. She's been
trying to imagine who she was/is and the dour-faced woman in
the picture doesn't fit.
As her mother, sister Rory and husband Peter slowly fill her
in on her past life, Nell begins to notice the evasions and
half-answers to her questions. Her instincts tell her there
is much more she should know, but does she have the strength
or even the want to know what secrets they seem to be
keeping? Or does she simply forge on with a new life, making
it any way she deems fit to make it now?
THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME is a compelling look at one
woman's life and how one instance brought about changes that
would affect the rest of her days. Author Allison Winn
Scotch pulls her readers into this fascinating story as she
leads her characters in their search for their true
identities. Scotch is a consummate storyteller, and this
novel reflects her best work to date.
She’s a wife, a sister, a daughter…but she remembers
nothing. Now she must ask herself who she is and choose
which stories—and storytellers—to trust. One of only two
survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes up in the
hospital with no memory of it, 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. Although Nell
can’t remember all that came before, something just doesn’t
sit right with the versions of her history given by her
mother, her sister, and her husband.
Desperate for a
key to unlock her past, she filters through photos, art,
music, and stories, hoping that something will jog her
memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts
remembering. . . .
From the New York Times
bestselling author of Time of My Life comes a
novel that asks: Who are we without our memories? How much
of our future is defined by our past?