You Must Remember This

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You Must Remember This
First edition
Author Joyce Carol Oates
Country United States
Language English
Published 1987 (Dutton)
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
ISBN 0-525-24545-6
OCLC 14718963
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3565.A8 Y6 1987

You Must Remember This is a 1987 novel by Joyce Carol Oates. It tells the story of Enid Maria, a girl who falls in love with her uncle, a professional boxer. It also is about her family, the Stevicks, and their thriving life in Port Oriskany, a fictional industrial city in upstate New York.[1]

Ties to other media[edit]

  • The book's title comes from the song "As Time Goes By" (1931), whose first lines are, "You must remember this/ a kiss is still a kiss"; the tune was made famous when used as the theme song for Casablanca (1942).
  • Lyle Stevik was the alias used by an unidentified man who committed suicide by hanging in 2001, in a motel in Amanda Park, Washington. As of 2016, his actual name has not been discovered.[2] The man was seen alive prior to his death, including at the hotel where he died. He had checked in as Lyle Stevik, presumably using the name of a character from Oates' book.[3]


  1. ^ "Maps". 
  2. ^ Scott, Robert (November 1, 2010). Blood Frenzy. Mass Market Paperback. pp. 296–297. ISBN 9780786020362. 
  3. ^ "Active unidentified remains cases". Grays Harbor Medical Examiner. Retrieved December 29, 2014.  Postmortem photo at link.