Dr. Benjamin Parks is questioning whether his forgetfulness is a normal part of aging, or if it’s his turn in the family to start down the path of early dementia leading to Alzheimer’s. This beautifully written novel walks the fine line between realistic life dilemmas and fiction.
In Forgetful, Dr. Parks teaches a summer seminar on cross-cultural relationships at a historically black university in Washington, D.C. The central question of the seminar is whether sustainable bridges really can be built across racial, gender, attraction orientation, political, and religious divides. But the universal dilemmas explored in the seminar aren’t the only challenges facing Ben Parks. He sadly realizes that his professional standing and achievements are no substitute for the loving home life with his wife, Addie, which stays just out of reach.
Terrified of losing his memory and becoming yet another case of Alzheimer’s in his family, Ben experiences embarrassing moments of forgetfulness at unexpected times throughout the academic, professional, domestic, and gritty urban scenes of this sweeping story. He’s blessed with a career that brings him together on challenging assignments with corporate movers and shakers wrestling with complex leadership questions. But Ben wonders if he’s still able to contribute in a meaningful way. Forgetful is simply unforgettable.
About the Author
First-time novelist Nick Mann has worked as an organization development practitioner since 1976. He previously served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army in the late 1960s, and managed a manpower and social services program in the early 1970s. He earned his Ph.D. in human communication studies at Howard University. Dr. Mann is on the adjunct faculty of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, and lives in Washington, D.C.