The Art of Forgetting

“Pagán writes with both a subtle sense of humor and great wisdom about the power of friendship and the importance of forgiveness in her quietly compelling literary debut.” —Chicago Tribune

Forgive and forget—but not necessarily in that order.

When Marissa’s oldest friend Julia is hit by a cab and suffers a personality-altering brain injury, Marissa immediately steps in to help Julia recover. But as Julia struggles to regain her memory—dredging up things Marissa would rather forget, including the fact that Julia asked her to abandon the love of her life 10 years ago—and to return to the sharp, magnetic woman she once was, their relationship is shaken to the core.

The Art of Forgetting is a story about the power of friendship, the memories and myths that hold us back from our true potential, and most of all, the delicate balance between forgiving and forgetting.
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Praise for The Art of Forgetting:

This page-turner with original, likable, empathetic characters and an identifiable theme will attract readers who enjoy intelligent novels about women’s friendships.

Library Journal

Camille Noe Pagán’s debut sweeps the reader up and effortlessly carries them across decades of friendship, heartache, and pain. A poignant story of friendship and controlling your own destiny, The Art of Forgetting is simple, yet well rendered.

New York Journal of Books

Camille Noe Pagán’s debut novel is a powerful one about friendship, love and facing the past.

American Way

The Art of Forgetting is a beautiful, fresh and unforgettable story… a stunning debut novel.


Pagán’s dialogue is punctuated with piquant wit and snappy pop culture references, resulting in an upbeat, inspirational novel… A cathartic, thought-provoking story of unconditional friendship and the choices we make on the road to becoming who we’re meant to be.

—Shelf Awareness

We instantly fell in love with the fabulous cover and were thrilled to discover that the story was even better. The Art of Forgetting is a must-read from an author who we think may be the next big thing in women’s fiction.


… a beautiful book that weaves the story of two friends and how their friendship changes after one suffers a traumatic brain injury in a car accident.


Fast-paced, painful, funny, and renewing at once.

—Daily Candy

[An] unforgettable portrait of the ups and downs of friendship.

Woman’s World

This story of friendship and recovery is a must-read.

Women’s Health

The Art of Forgetting is a stunning reflection of life, friendship and everything women hold dear to their hearts.

—Lit Fest

Charming and original, The Art of Forgetting weaves a delightful story of friendship, love, and forgiveness while exploring the surprising ways lives are forever reshaped in the aftermath of tragedy.

—Beth Hoffman

Bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

The Art of Forgetting is a lively, thoughtful examination of a woman’s tangled relationship with her closest friend. After a traumatic accident re-shapes her oldest friend’s personality as well as her memory of pivotal moments in their shared history, Marissa Rogers is forced to take a second look at her own life choices. This book captivated me from the first page, and I couldn’t bear to put it down until I finished.

—Sarah Pekkanen

Bestselling author of The Opposite of Me and Skipping a Beat