The Memory Room

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