Synopses & Reviews
By turns funny, charming, and tragic, Rosecrans Baldwin's debut novel introduces leading Alzheimer's researcher Dr. Victor Aaron, who spends his days alternating between long hours in the lab and running through memories of his late wife, Sara. He's preserved their marriage as a perfect, if tumultuous, duet between two opposite but compatible souls. Until the day he discovers a series of index cards in Sara's handwriting that chronicle the major "changes in direction of their marriage." Suddenly this eminent memory expert finds his faith in memory itself unraveling, and he must, along with his support network of strong women — from his lab assistant to Aunt Betsy, the doddering doyenne of the island where they all live — determine a way to move on.
"Beautiful, brainy, and offbeat, a perfect sophisticated summer read." Entertainment Weekly
"You Lost Me There is a work of lucid literary art, roisterous wit, and close, wry knowledge of the vexed circuits of the human mind and heart." Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
"Rosecrans Baldwin has written a gorgeously atmospheric novel about scientist Victor Aaron, who appears to be as craggy and cold as the Maine island where he lives. But Baldwin's storytelling grace is so delicate that the reader never doubts the deep emotional ache in this man of intellect, the joy that co-exists with his grief, or the underground river of love so deep it perversely paralyzes him. You Lost Me There, is a smart, tender, and generous novel." Lauren Groff, author of Monsters of Templeton and Delicate Edible Birds
"You Lost Me There is a wise, antic, and often hilarious novel about grief. And also about love and marriage, remembering and forgetting, neuroscience and Bruce Willis. It's full of knife-sharp dialogue and wonderful characters. This is a terrific debut that makes you yearn for the most unexpected things. I loved it." Anthony Doerr, author of The Shell Collector and About Grace
"Rosecrans Baldwin has written a lovely novel exploring the fraught nature of love and memory. He deftly interweaves the science of how we remember with the experience of love, so that as the plot unfolds, we aren't just learning about a marriage — we're also learning about how an analytic brain grapples with questions of the heart." Jonah Lehrer, author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist and How We Decide
About the Author
Rosecrans Baldwin is a founding editor of the popular website The Morning News, host of the annual "Tournament of Books." His work has appeared in New York Magazine, The Nation, on NPR's All Things Considered, and he currently writes "The Digital Ramble," for The Moment, a New York Times blog. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife.