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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (438 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kim Fay Narrator: Karyn O’Bryant Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1925 the international treasure-hunting scene is a man’s world, and no one understands this better than Irene Blum, who is passed over for a coveted museum curatorship because she is a woman. Seeking to restore her reputation, she sets off from Seattle in search of a temple believed to house the lost history of Cambodia’s ancient Khmer civilization. But her quest to make the greatest archaeological discovery of the century soon becomes a quest for her family’s secrets.

Embracing the colorful and corrupt world of colonial Asia in the early 1900s, The Map of Lost Memories takes readers into a forgotten era where nothing is as it seems. As Irene travels through Shanghai’s lawless back streets and Saigon’s opium-filled lanes, she joins forces with a Communist temple robber and an intriguing nightclub owner with a complicated past. What they bring to light deep within the humidity-soaked Cambodian jungle does more than change history. It ultimately solves the mysteries of their own lives.

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  • “[The Map of Lost Memories] has qualities any reader would wish for: adventure, romance, history, and a vividly described exotic setting…There is something captivating about this novel. Call it authorial confidence, a sense of place, a splendid technicolor…The Map of Lost Memories has one beautifully met purpose: It brings Cambodia alive.”

    Washington Post

  • “[The Map of Lost Memories] is a thrilling mix of adventure and personal discovery set in Southeast Asia in the 1920s…Fay crafts an intricate page-turner that will keep readers breathless and guessing.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fay’s extraordinary first novel has everything great historical adventure fiction should—strikingly original setting, exhilarating plot twists, and a near-impossible quest…Every word of this evocative literary expedition feels deliberately chosen, each phrase full of meaning.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Fay’s exciting and exotic historical adventure set in the 1920s Far East draws easy comparison to Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder. The plot is original, and the characters are smart.”

    Library Journal

  • “Thrilling and ambitious, this is a book to get lost in, a book that homes in on the human drama of the quest and never lets go. A rich debut.”


  • A 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nadine | 2/18/2014

    " Great for a first novel. She uses lots of wonderful imagery. Really got into the setting of Cambodia. I wonder if there will be a sequal... not necessary, but certainly a possibility. Main character was vivid, but supporting characters a little flat (although not entirely). Good plot development, too. Good read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tina Budacz | 2/16/2014

    " Hated it. Was mostly bored. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debmeinke | 1/23/2014

    " Exciting fast read with interesting characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by AnnieBebop | 1/17/2014

    " An odd book. Set in 1925, but feels way too contemporary. Who was such a liberated independent woman in those days for one thing? Complex story with motives that were hard to follow. Readable and for a first novel, ok. "

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