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John Martin, a talented graphic designer employed as a word processor for a prestigious New York investment bank, has happily left behind Texas and his alcoholic, emotionally absent mother. It is the height of the personal computer revolution and the AIDS epidemic, and gentrification is sweeping the city. Alena Marino, John’s supervisor, is an Italian immigrant who shares his hustle and grit, aggressively building a new life for herself. As their affair begins, John imagines himself the perfect lover for Alena, fulfilling her desires without expectation that she leave her husband. But when his oldest sister arrives in town unannounced, he is forced to confront his damaged past and serial history of relationships with stunningly gorgeous, emotionally complex women.

John’s journey to understand the roots of his compulsion to “save” those around him is both aided and thwarted by his relationship with his colleague Jeremy Crawford. Alena’s closest confidant, Jeremy shares an intimacy with her that fuels John's jealousy. Meanwhile, Jeremy finds himself drawn to John and, as his confidant too, participates in the drama of John and Alena’s relationship. As John slowly begins to understand the flawed and wounded experience of love that has followed him through life, he learns how to open himself to true friendship—and to true loss. Set in the midst of cultural upheaval, this powerful novel reverberates across the decades.

About the Author

Steve Adams is a writer and editor based in Memphis, Tennessee. His short stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, the Missouri Review, Chicago Review, and elsewhere. His nonfiction has won a Pushcart Prize and his plays have been produced in New York City.

Praise For…

“In his premier novel Steve Adams maps (and persuasively) not only both small-city Texas and the mazeways of The Big Apple itself but also that most beckoning, treacherous, mysterious landscape: the human heart.”—Albert Goldbarth, twice winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry

“Exquisitely written and full of longing, a tender and moving elegy for lost loves of every kind.”—Valerie Laken, author of Dream House and Separate Kingdoms

“Flawlessly crafted, original, and intimate. A haunting meditation on loss and desire, Remember This is a love letter to a gritty New York long surrendered to upscale coffee shops and apartment high-rises, to the reckless passions of fading youth, to art and all its possibilities, and to beauty itself.”—Jennifer S. Davis, author of Our Former Lives in Art and Her Kind of Want

"An inherently fascinating, thought-provoking, and memorable read."—Midwest Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780299339241
ISBN-10: 0299339246
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: October 11th, 2022
Pages: 248
Language: English