Title: The Song Remains The Same
Author: Allison Winn Scotch
320 pages, Putnam Adult
Release Date: April 12, 2012
Buy The Book: Amazon
One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes in the hospital with no memory of the horrific experience-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. She filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hoping something will jog her memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts remembering. . . .
It isn’t long before she learns to question the stories presented by her mother, her sister and business partner, and her husband. In the end, she will discover that forgiving betrayals small and large will be the only true path to healing herself-and to finding happiness. (Summary provided by Putnam.)
Imagine this: You wake up in the hospital to discover you and one other person survived a horrible plane crash. The other person who survived the crash is a movie star. You have no memory of your life prior to the crash. You are completely beholden to your family and friends for clues to discovering your past. This is the premise of The Song Remains The Same by Allison Winn Scotch.
Throughout The Song Remains The Same Allison Winn Scotch weaves a captivating mystery around the past of the novel’s protagonist, Nell Slattery. Nell, unable to remember her past, awakens from her tragic accident to find that she was in the midst of a life in transition before the accident. A transition to and from what she cannot be sure. Nell entrusts her sister Rory, her mother, and her friend Samantha to fill in the memory gaps. She also leans on her husband Peter for support. However, it turns out that not everyone is as forthcoming as they seem, and her childhood relationship with her reclusive father may be the key to remembering her past.
There are a couple of themes that resonated with me throughout reading The Song Remains The Same. Through much of the book Nell is actively trying to live a more joyful life. From what she has gathered about her past life, she believes that she never let go and truly enjoyed life. She seemed to live a life of neutrals and greys and after the crash she seeks a more “Technicolor” existence. Scotch does an awesome job of conveying Nell’s yearning to not only remember her old life but to live life with renewed zest. Throughout the book Nell remarks repeatedly that she wants to have a life like the characters on the sitcom Friends. I am a huge fan of Friends, so I could really relate to all of the friends references. Also, I really want a colorful apartment like the one on Friends. Maybe Nell and I can buy one and be roommates. Huh? She’s a fictional character? Okay, well moving right along.
Another ever present theme in the novel is change. Is it possible for people to truly change? Allison Winn Scotch explores this in detail. Nell and all of her family/friends are trying to change their character in one way or another. In an effort to leave her old, uptight ways behind, Nell asks herself What would Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston’s character on Friends) do? Scotch’s characterizations are detailed and moving. From the major characters to a minor real estate agent character, change is a constant presence.
My favorite moments in The Song Remains The Same involve music and art. Music triggered most of Nell’s memories. Many of the memories involved her father. Her father was a tortured artist, a contemporary of Andy Warhol. Songs from artists like The Smiths, The Police, and Bob Dylan are sprinkled throughout the novel. They help provide a nostalgic and haunting backdrop for Nell’s discovery of past demons her amnesia has forced her to discover and accept.
I am a sucker for books that have musical references and a central mystery. So it is probably no surprise to any of you that I loved The Song Remains The Same. This was the first book I have read by Allison Winn Scotch, and I can’t wait to explore her other novels!
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