LOST AND FOUND In a NBC interview in 2002, shortly after Enron's bankruptcy filing, Linda Lay insisted that its founder and CEO - her husband - was innocent in the accounting scandal. Stuck in the lawsuit, Laura Dave watched Lay on TV and thought: what if you thought your husband was a person, until the world told you 'was it someone else? As she said: "Can we ever know the people we haveimons the most? "
Almost two decades later, this question is the source of Dave's sixth novel," The Last Thing He Told Me ", No. 3 in its 11th week on the hardcover fiction list. "I wanted the answer to be yes," she said.
Like the Lays story, most of the fictions in this sub kind of marital secrets unearthed present a wife ashamed of the deceptions of a husband. But Dave "wanted Hannah to be the hero " as she learns the truth about her husband, an engineer, missing from a fraudulent Bay Area tech company. (“How is that possible?” Hannah thinks in shock. “It's not Enron.”)
After five popular fiction books, c 'is Dave's first thriller - and "I wanted it to be a thriller rooted in hope. " Meaning: It's not because weWe are betrayed that we never knew the person or that we were wrong to trust him.
"Details could change ", a she declared. "But there may be something more central, more moving, that you may know about someone, below it all.
She started the book in 2012, stopping and starting, writing and rewriting until she finished it last year . (She wrote and published the bestsellers "Eight Hundred Grapes " and "Hello, Sunshine ".)
While writing, Dave listens to a song over and over again, to stay "integrated " into the story. In eight years, she says, she has played the Bruce Springsteen song "If I were to fall behind " 13,000 times.
And she does never know where she is going until she gets there. "I discovered whatThis was happening while Hannah was, It was only after taking a break from writing "Eight Hundred Raisins " that Dave saw the solution to a plot problem in "The Last Thing " that had crippled her for years.
A choice from Reese 's Book Club, "The Last Thing He Told Me " is quick ( "I never want to be bored ") but sincere. A development between 2012 and now was the birth of Dave 's child five years ago.
"It really turned that out for me" , she said. "I realized this was the early story of Hannah becoming a mother. " It may start with a lost husband, but this thriller is also a ode to the founded family.