The Book of Memory (Paperback)

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Always an outcast, born an albino into a family and township of dark-skinned people, Memory recalls from her childhood the day she was sold to a white man, Lloyd. Now, convicted of Lloyd's murder, she sits on death row in a maximum security prison in Zimbabwe. It is this book, which her lawyer encourages her to write, that keeps her sane and leads her to a truth that shifts the fabric of her remembered life. With an even voice and eloquent simplicity, Memory peels the layers of detail away to reveal a very startling truth!

— From Jane


In The Book of Memory, an albino woman named Memory is languishing in a maximum security prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she has been tried and convicted of murder. As part of her appeal, her lawyer insists that she write down what happened; that is, the events that led to the killing of her adoptive father, Lloyd Hendricks. But who was Lloyd Hendricks? Why does Memory feel no remorse for his death? And did everything happen exactly as she remembers?

Moving between the townships of the poor and the suburbs of the rich, and between past and present, the 2009 Guardian First Book Award-winning writer Petina Gappah weaves a compelling tale of love, obsession, the relentlessness of fate, and the treachery of memory.

About the Author

PETINA GAPPAH's An Elegy for Easterly (2009) was shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor Prize and the Los Angeles Times First Book Award, and won the 2009 Guardian First Book Award. Formerly an international trade lawyer in Geneva, she lives in Zimbabwe.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250117922
ISBN-10: 1250117925
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English