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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mira Bartok Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When piano prodigy Norma Herr was healthy, she was the most vibrant personality in the room. But as her schizophrenic episodes became more frequent and more dangerous, she withdrew into a world that neither of her daughters could make any sense of. After being violently attacked for demanding that Norma seek help, Mira Bartok and her sister changed their names and cut off all contact in order to keep themselves safe.

For the next 17 years, Mira's only contact with her mother was through infrequent letters exchanged through post office boxes, often not even in the same city where she was living. At the age of 40, Mira suffered a debilitating head injury that left her memories foggy and her ability to make sense of the world around her forever changed. Hoping to reconnect with her past, Mira reached out to the homeless shelter where her mother was living. When she received word that her mother was dying in a hospital, Mira and her sister traveled to their mother's deathbed to reconcile one last time.

Norma gave them a key to a storage unit in which she has kept hundreds of diaries, photographs, and mementos from the past that Mira never imagined she would see again. These artifacts triggered a flood of memories and gave Mira access to the past that she believed had been lost forever.

The Memory Palace explores the connections between mother and daughter that cannot be broken no matter how much exists - or is lost - between them. It is an astonishing literary memoir about the complex meaning of love, truth, and the capacity for forgiveness within a family.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jacquie | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting for the fact that it opened my eyes more to the life of a schizophrenic and the lack of resources available to them, especially in the US. But it was a bit sporadic in that it jumped around from a description of her mother's mental illness to some of the author's own travels throughout the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lesley | 2/18/2014

    " Beautifully rendered memoir that captures the impact of schizophrenia on the family, the power and limits of family bonds, the resiliency of the human spirit. Highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cheryl/Aradanryl | 2/16/2014

    " Excellent thought-provoking memoir written by the daughter dealing with her mother's mental illness. While not a particularly easy book, it deals with the chaotic, difficult and occasionally rewarding dynamics of having a loved one with mental illness. It took courage for this daughter to write this book and I am thankful she did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Al Riske | 1/31/2014

    " This is a moving memoir about a choice we are sometimes forced to make -- the choice to save ourselves, even though it comes at the expense of someone we love deeply. "

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