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If your life were upended in a single day, would you have the courage to start over—at any cost?

Libby Miller has always been an unwavering optimist—but when her husband drops a bomb on their marriage hours after a doctor delivers devastating news, she realizes her rose-colored glasses have actually been blinding her. With nothing left to lose, she abandons her life in Chicago for the clear waters and bright beaches of the Caribbean. Her plans go awry when she finds that she can’t quite outrun the past, or bring herself to face an unknowable future. Every day of bliss is an invitation to disaster, but with her brother on her trail and a new relationship on the horizon, Libby is determined to forget about fate. Will she risk it all to live—and love—a little longer?

Here's what readers are saying:

—Have you ever started to read a book, and from the first few pages you could tell it was going to hook you? That was this book for me.

—Having lost four family members recently to cancer, I hesitated to chose this book. However, having recently been diagnosed with cancer myself, I wanted to see if my response was anything like hers. It makes you feel less alone to know someone else feels the same way. This was a wonderful thought-provoking book that everyone should read.

—Can't remember the last time I read a book and went through so many emotions.

—Libby has her world turned upside down in one horrible day. Her reaction is irrational, emotional and a bit crazy—spot on in my opinion. This book is about the improbability of life and how we react to devastating situations.

—I hoped for a good read and got much more.

—If you've ever lost someone to cancer or know someone with it, this is a must read if only for the parts when Libby tells us how she feels about the platitudes that come out of our mouths when confronted with someone that has it. Very moving, funny and heart warming.

—Excellent, excellent book that I read from start to finish within 24 hours. Long time since I've done that. This book dealt with today's harsh realities but also had a bit of romance. Absolutely loved it! As a three time cancer survivor, I appreciated the direct (non-syrupy) way cancer and also the upheaval of divorce was dealt with. And also how life goes on!

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Library Journal called my debut novel, The Art of Forgetting, a “page-turner... [for] readers who enjoy intelligent novels about women's friendships.” The Chicago Tribune added, “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.”