A freezing room in a student house, a sagging mattress on the floor, and two people, one nineteen, the other twenty, kissing passionately. All night.
It is to this scene that, twenty years later, Rosy, the narrator of Julie Myerson's astonishing new novel, returns obsessively. She has just lost a child in a terrible, careless accident, and Tom, her partner, has taken her to Paris to forget about things, to start again.
It has snowed in the night and, waking at dawn, Rosy decides to go for a walk. At the hotel desk there's a note for her: 'I'm waiting for you X.' And he is, sitting in the corner of a café she enters almost at random. They talk. He touches her. She turns away and when she looks again he is gone.
Was he there? Had she dreamed him? And why, when he emails her out of the blue two days later, does he write as though they haven't met for twenty years?
The Story of You is an account of a woman trying to get by as a mother, a wife, while falling in love with a man from a memory. As always Julie Myerson maps the vagaries of the human heart with extraordinary empathy and precision, while at the same time keeping the reader in breathless suspense and on the edge of tears.
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Grief isn't normally the stuff of page-turners but Myerson, in stark, simple prose - seemingly effortless, though I suspect far from it - has constructed a compelling thriller out of it... A terrific read - Daily Mail
The Story of You... is an effective study of the power that people have of conjuring up what they need when they need it, and the havoc it causes to the people around them - Time Out
This is an extraordinary, peculiar, mesmerising novel - the collected wail of middle-aged female anguish is brilliantly articulated. Myerson is one of the select few who can write convincingly about a passionate love affair, with all its exquisite pains and barbed pleasures - New Statesman
Sweet, charming and tender - Guardian
Julie Myerson's novels are perfectly suited to long, drifting afternoons spent in empty houses with only the odd, atmospheric creak of pipe or groan of plank for company - Daily Telegraph
A powerful, moving study of sadness and the uncanny - Financial Times
Achingly brilliant...a haunting and compelling tale - Express on Sunday
An emotionally resonant study of the tricks, torments and consolations of memory, Myerson's novel poignantly surveys the bottomless well that grief leaves in people's lives - The Times
Julie Myerson was born in Nottingham in 1960. She is the author of Sleepwalking (1993), The Touch (1996), Me and the Fat Man (1998), Laura Blundy (2000) and Something Might Happen (2003). She lives in Clapham.