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The Book of Memory
Author: Petina Gappah

ISBN: 9780571249626
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 23 September 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.1
A compelling tale of love, obsession, the relentlessness of fate and the treachery of memory, from the award-winning author of An Elegy for Easterly.

"The story you have asked me to tell begins not with the ignominious ugliness of Lloyd's death but on a long-ago day in April when the sun seared my blistered face and I was nine years old and my father and mother sold me to a strange man. I say my father and my mother, but really it was just my mother."

Memory, the narrator of The Book of Memory, is an albino woman languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she has been convicted of murder. As part of her appeal her lawyer insists that she write down what happened as she remembers it. The death penalty is a mandatory sentence for murder, and Memory is, both literally and metaphorically, writing for her life. As her story unfolds, Memory reveals that she has been tried and convicted for the murder of Lloyd Hendricks, her adopted father. But who was Lloyd Hendricks? Why does Memory feel no remorse for his death? And did eve...

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