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Thursday, November 17, 2011

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Disclosure: I have been compensated for my participation in this BlogHer Book Club discussion, but the opinions expressed are 100% my own.

I often wonder how I can be so oblivious to obvious things, including plot lines in books. Specifically, I don't know how I missed the synopsis on the back of Sea Change that clearly states Guy is "writing in his diary about the man he might have been and the family he should have had." I was totally blindsided mid-novel when the revelation was made clear via dialogue between Guy and Marta. Because I hadn't taken the time to carefully read the back of the book, I hadn't realized what was going on when Guy was writing daily about a family road trip across America. There I was, thinking how nice it was that they were seeing the sights and making memories when BOOM it hits me that it isn't real. He's been making it all up.

When you begin Sea Change, you're left with a cliff-hanger that really pushes you to believe a certain event has transpired; there's almost no way to think otherwise. But because of the diary, and my misconception that he was recalling memories, not fabricating memories, I thought I'd just jumped to an incorrect conclusion about the happenings in the first chapter. I was beyond confused until Guy's conversation with fellow troller Marta.

The book is well-written, and really sucked me in. I just wanted to read about Guy, his wife Judy and their daughter Freya. Even if their road trip was fake. And once I realized everything was in his imagination, I also wanted to get Guy some help. I understand memories are sacred things, and it's hard to let go of the past, but Guy was not really living his life any longer; he was absorbed in a life he had created.

I learned a lesson with this book. There is a time to remember and a time to let go. We have to pick our battles and keep ourselves open to what's ahead of us. Otherwise we miss what's happening right in front of us.

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