What I Know About July
Simon Kemper is on the up and up–he’s out of rehab, and his band is gaining moderate success around Berlin. But out of the corner of his eye and over his shoulder, he’s always aware of her. The stalker. She’s at every show, no matter what city. She sends hundreds of postcards to his label. Worst of all, she acts like she knows him. Like she owns him. When the stalker disappears at one of his shows, Simon is the prime suspect. Initially an effort to clear his name, his search for July quickly becomes a deeper psychological quest: to prove that his fears were warranted? That she couldn’t have given up her obsession that easily?
After an accident leaves her with retrograde amnesia, Helena can't put her finger on what seems strange about her husband. Afraid of losing her again, Joachim does all he can to keep her from finding out about their troubled past. As Helena puts the pieces together, she's torn between confronting him about his deception and keeping her own secrets. Retrograde takes a close look at the barriers we put up between ourselves and the people we love, the lies we need to believe in, and the things we can never forget.
Set against the colorful yet sometimes cold backdrop of Manhattan, the stories in this collection are peopled with a very particular breed of heroes, not quite sure what they're fighting for. They are characters in progress, people still getting to who they are.