The Memory Room

A Novel
Product Number: EB00650499
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781619026940
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
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"A California woman fights to recover from resurfaced memories of childhood abuse . . . powerfully imagined and profoundly insightful." -Kirkus Reviews The novel opens with Barbara, who, after remembering incidents of torture at the hands of her father, has quite literally broken down. Found inside a disabled elevator, she is no longer able to function with her new consciousness of these memories-those which are so resistant to understanding. Confronted with this knowledge of evil, she must begin the painful process of remembering and reconstructing a new whole self. Helping Barbara to navigate her grief and her memories are her therapist, the Psalms, and most of all, the words of Paul Celan. Paul Celan: 1920-1970, Poet. An eastern European holocaust survivor who wrote haunting poems about the darker spiritual trials of life and relationships that exhibit a compact style that fuses broken words and chopped syntax to produce a stark musicality. This is a novel about a woman who goes to hell and back. It's a story that affirms the resilience of the human spirit and the healing power of love and faith. "The Memory Room marks the rarest of occurrences-the debut of a literary master." -Janet Fitch, #1 national bestselling author of White Oleander "With subtlety, restraint and an extraordinary eye for detail, Rakow has constructed a breathtaking debut that avoids the cliches of abuse narratives as it tests the boundaries of prose and poetry." -Publishers Weekly

Author(s): Mary Rakow
Original Publish Date: Jul 01, 2015

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