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Shards of Memory

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A young man named Henry sits down with his grandmother, a genial lady still called Baby by everyone, in her Manhattan townhouse where he has lived all his life, to record the history of a spiritual movement that has woven itself into the fabric of their family's lives for four generations. What unfolds is a mesmerizing family saga:the imperious great-grandmother Elsa and h ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Anchor (first published 1995)
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Jun 12, 2012 Parvoneh rated it really liked it
A quiet, sprawling book. It felt very British while actually being set in so many places--England, Mumbai, New York--and featuring people from so many other places (Germany, Russia, maybe Kabul?). Ruth Prawer Jhabvala does a nice job sneaking in all of these complicated relationships (to people, to place, to family) without ever letting the novel get murky or confusing. She does love a little mystery; her "Master" figure and the work of that social movement remain elusive, which somehow works in ...more
A story of how the smallest decisions in our lives can shape our futures dramatically. Fantastic!
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An intriguing multigenerational saga.
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A memorable family.
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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, CBE is a Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. She is perhaps best known for her long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, made up of director James Ivory and the late producer Ismail Merchant. Their films won six Academy Awards.

She fled Cologne with her family in 1939 and lived through the London Blitz.
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