The Memory Box

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Random House, 2011 - Family secrets - 278 pages
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A powerful, dramatic and disturbing new novel about the long shadow cast by the memory of a dead mother on the life of her daughter -- another brilliant exploration of family mythology and guilt from a novelist who reigns supreme in her territory.
A dying woman leaves a sealed box for her baby daughter. Years later, as a young woman, the daughter Catherine finds the mysterious box, addressed to her, full of unexplained objects -- three feathers, an exotic seashell, a painting, a mirror, two prints, an address book, a map, a hat, a rucksack, and a necklace -- and she finally starts to unpack, literally and metaphorically, the story of a woman whom she never knew but who has cast a long shadow over her life. Having a 'perfect', beautiful, dead mother has been a heavy burden to carry, and one she has tended to resent. But now she sets off on the trail of her 'perfect' mother, trying to unravel the truth about a woman who turns out to be more complex, reckless and surprising than her family have painted her. And Catherine has to face up to the truths about herself and the damage that guilt and silence have done to her own relationships. Only when she has come to terms with her dead mother, can she move on, to take up the challenges of her own young life.

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User Review  - Schopflin - Goodreads

I always enjoy Forster's darkly crafted examinations of family life and difficult, opinionated narrators. My caveat here us that the protagonist is at 30 far more independently-minded than I could ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jane Taylor - Goodreads

Not what I thought it would be - the beginning of the book was a surprise and set the tone for the rest of it. I expected a 'chick lit' type book but it was definitely more meaty than that. Catherine ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Born in Carlisle, Margaret Forster is the author of many successful and acclaimed novels, including Have the Men Had Enough?, Lady's Maid, Diary of an Ordinary Woman, Is There Anything You Want?, Keeping the World Away, and Over, bestselling memoirs (Hidden Lives and Precious Lives) and biographies. She is married to writer and journalist Hunter Davies and lives in London and the Lake District.

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