This Never Happened
by Liz Scott
Official Publication Date: April 2019
Trade Paper; 300 pages; 5-1/4" x 8"
Back Cover Copy for This Never Happened
Like an archaeological dig, Liz Scott’s memoir This Never Happened goes in search of the answers to the mysteries of her family. In her relentless quest to uncover the truth, she mines photographs and letters, leaving no one, including herself, unexamined. This is a spare work… alternatively heartbreaking and darkly comic. In the end, it is about the struggle to clear away pain to make room for compassion, and the challenge of making peace with questions that will never be answered.
Praise for This Never Happened
“Liz Scott shares the achingly real struggle to understand her childhood and her narcissistic parents in her hilarious/beautiful/wrenching memoir … told with raw humor, bracing humility, enough anger to light a fire, but ultimately with an abundance of love, This Never Happened is a deeply affecting and satisfying read.” —Dianah Hughley, Powell’s Books
“A remarkable hopscotch through memory and memorabilia to understand how the past shapes one’s present. An irreverent, relatable, compulsively readable creation.” —Robert Hill, author of The Remnants
“Spare, elegiac, This Never Happened is a mournful and yet reassuring memoir of a family’s dissolution in the wake of a narcissistic mother and a father’s abandonment. Liz Scott writes with warmth and humor, bringing light to even the saddest darkness. This memoir is destined to be a classic.” —Rene Denfeld, author of The Child Finder
“Surprising, funny, and impossible to put down, Liz Scott’s memoir This Never Happened will break your heart with its calamitous wit and self-awareness. Scott’s elusive pursuit of familial truth and belonging haunts every page. A strange, unforgettable search for meaning.” —Margaret Malone, author of People Like You