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Author: Bethany C. Morrow Narrator: Soneela Nankani Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2018 ISBN: 9781538507421
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Soneela Nankani narrates this combination of science fiction and alternate history with a deft and subtle touch that reinforces the story’s blurred reality…Nankani cultivates a tone of detachment and longing that perfectly suits the character and story. Her portrayal of Elsie is wry and thoughtful, while the people and Mems who surround her have voices and accents that are distinct even when filtered through that distancing lens.”

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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.”

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  • “An extraordinary and utterly compelling novel that deftly explores questions of memory, identity, and humanity.”

    Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

  • “This gorgeously written novel is one of the most enthralling and original debuts I’ve read in years.”

    Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me

  • Mem is a thrilling and addictive read. Part mystery, part query into the nature of ownership…and what happens when women defy societal conventions by breaking every rule.”

    Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus

  • A Washington Post Pick of Best Books of the Month
  • A Chicago Review of Books Pick for May
  • A Bustle Pick of the Month
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018

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About the Author

Bethany C. Morrow, a former expatriate now living in the American Northeast, with one foot still firmly planted in Quebec, is an author of speculative literary fiction.

About the Narrator

Soneela Nankani, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a classically trained actress, voice-over artist, and singer who has had roles in film and on television. She has worked with the award-winning Sojourn Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.