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Author: Natasha Trethewey Narrator: Natasha Trethewey Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2020 ISBN: 9780063005860
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An Instant New York Times Bestseller 

A New York Times Notable Book 

One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2020

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by: The Washington Post, NPR, Shelf Awareness, Esquire, Electric Literature, Slate, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and InStyle

A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.

With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Natasha Trethewey explores this profound experience of pain, loss, and grief as an entry point into understanding the tragic course of her mother’s life and the way her own life has been shaped by a legacy of fierce love and resilience. Moving through her mother’s history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a “child of miscegenation” in Mississippi, Trethewey plumbs her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985.

Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence but also a piercing glimpse at the enduring ripple effects of white racism and domestic abuse. Animated by unforgettable prose and inflected by a poet’s attention to language, this is a luminous, urgent, and visceral memoir from one of our most important contemporary writers and thinkers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Alternately beautiful and devastating.”

    Washington Post

  • “This subtle, sublime memoir…draws through…the heart’s terra incognita.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “The work enraptures like a thriller, unraveling as it races against the inevitable.”


  • “A work of great beauty and tenderness, an atmospheric evocation of innocence and loss.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “In the end, we stand with Trethewey’s grief, feeling it as friends rather than voyeurs. That is perhaps what makes this book both so timely and timeless.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Beautifully composed, achingly sad.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A moving, heartbreaking memoir about a traumatic event and the path to healing.”

    Library Journal

  • A July 2020 LibraryReads Pick
  • New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 bestseller
  • BookPage Best Book of the Year
  • New York Times Notable Book of 2020
  • Washington Post Best Books of the Year
  • NPR Best Book of the Year
  • An Amazon Best Books of the Year selection
  • An Esquire Magazine Best Books of the Year pick
  • Electric Literature Best Books of 2020 Pick
  • A Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year

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About the Author

Natasha Trethewey is a former US poet laureate and the author of five collections of poetry, as well as a book of creative nonfiction. She is currently the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. In 2007 she won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection Native Guard.