Margaret Forster The Memory Box

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The Memory Box

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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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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?, Over and Isa and May, as well as 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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"Moving, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, this novel is Margaret Forster at her very best" Daily Mail "Like memory itself, it is subtle, full of secrets, and it lingers" Independent "A compulsive read, beautifully written... with the same talent she displayed so brilliantly in Hidden Lives" Sunday Express "Deft, unusual and very readable... Margaret Forster has again written a vivid and compulsive novel" Financial Times

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