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From the author of She Regrets Nothing, which BuzzFeed called a “sharp, glittering story of wealth, family, and fate,” comes a vivid novel about a young Olympic skier who loses everything and escapes to Buenos Aires, where she reinvents herself, meets a colorful group of ex-pats, and becomes enmeshed with a man keeping dark secrets of his own.
Katie Cleary has always known exactly what she wants: to be the best skier in the world. As a teenager, she leaves her home to live and train full time with her two best friends, all-American brothers Luke and Blair, whose wealthy father has hired the best coaches money can buy. Together, they are the USA’s best shot at bringing home Olympic gold.
But as the upward trajectory of Katie’s elite skiing career nears its zenith, a terrifying truth about her sister becomes impossible to ignore—one that will lay ruin not only to Katie’s career but to her family and her relationship with Luke and Blair.
With her life shattered and nothing left to lose, Katie flees the snowy mountainsides of home for Buenos Aires. There, she reinvents herself as Liz Sullivan, and meets a colorful group of ex-pats and the alluring, charismatic Gianluca Fortunado, a tango teacher with secrets of his own. This beautiful city, with its dark history and wild promise, seems like the perfect refuge, but can she really outrun her demons?
In alternating chapters, Katie grows up, falls in love, and races down the highest peaks on the planet—while Liz is reborn, falls into lust, and sinks into the underground tango scene at the bottom of the world. From the moneyed ski chalets of the American West to the dimly lit milongas of Argentina, We Came Here to Forget explores what it means to dream, to desire, to achieve—and what’s left behind after it all disappears.
In December 2009, haunted by a family tragedy, a broken romance, and the end of her career as an Olympic skier, Katie Cleary boards a plane to Buenos Aires and becomes Liz Sullivan in this satisfying novel from Dunlop (She Regrets Nothing). The city provides a vivid backdrop for a community of expats Liz connects with, including laconic Edward, flighty Gemma, and gorgeous Cali, all of whom orbit the seductive Gianluca, a tango teacher and man of mystery. The early chapters of Liz trying to pull herself together are overshadowed by the mystery of what happened to her sister, Penny, whose slow and terrible unraveling unspools through flashbacks. Katie's past as a ski champion never feels quite as authentic as Liz's experience of South America. The setting comes alive in its history, its landmarks, its rich atmosphere, and its unrivaled natural beauty, and is skillfully juxtaposed against Penny's realistic, devastating descent. Once past the dramatic reveal of what Penny did, Liz takes possession of her own story, and Dunlop, to her credit, makes the trope of the American resolving her sorrows in an exotic city with a sexy foreigner feel fresh until it tails off at the very end. Dunlop's prose is well-crafted, and when combined with the sights and sounds of Buenos Aires and the graceful insights into the surreal mechanisms of grief, it results in a memorable novel.