Mem by Bethany C. MorrowMem by Bethany C. Morrow

Mem

byBethany C. Morrow

Paper over Board | June 1, 2018

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An Indies Introduce Debut AuthorBuzzfeed's #1 Book to Read this Spring A Best Book of the Month at The Washington Post, Bustle, and Chicago Review of Books MEM is a rare novel, a small book carrying very big ideas, the kind of story that stays with you long after you've finished reading it. Set in the glittering art deco world of a century ago, MEM makes one slight alteration to history: a scientist in Montreal discovers a method allowing people to have their memories extracted from their minds, whole and complete. The Mems exist as mirror-images of their source - zombie-like creatures destined to experience that singular memory over and over, until they expire in the cavernous Vault where they are kept.And then there is Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem capable of creating her own memories. An ageless beauty shrouded in mystery, she is allowed to live on her own, and create her own existence, until one day she is summoned back to the Vault. What happens next is a gorgeously rendered, heart-breaking novel in the vein of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go . Debut novelist Bethany Morrow has created an allegory for our own time, exploring profound questions of ownership, and how they relate to identity, memory and history, all in the shadows of Montreal's now forgotten slave trade.
A California native, Bethany C. Morrow spent six years living in Montreal, Quebec. Her speculative literary fiction uses a focus on character and language to engage with, comment on and investigate worlds not unlike our own. MEM is her debut novel. She currently resides in upstate New York.
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Title:MemFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.8 × 0.83 inPublished:June 1, 2018Publisher:The Unnamed PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1944700552

ISBN - 13:9781944700553

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With her dizzying concept, richly imagined narrator, ornate setting, and first-rate storytelling, Morrow offers an epiphany for readers of speculative fiction with echoes of ideas explored in films like Blade Runner and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The defiant story of an impossible enigma who only yearns to be a real girl." - Kirkus Reviews "Morrow's debut is ambitious and insightful, raising questions about memory, trauma, and humanity. The novel is at its best when it presents Elsie at her most human, forcing the real ones around her to reckon with what her personhood means for theirs." - Publishers Weekly "