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The Keepsake

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  82 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In hypnotic and mesmerizing language, Kirsty Gunn explores the dark world of a young girl who has grown up with a mother dependent on storytelling and the oblivion of addiction to cope with the memory of lost love, the girl's father. Raised on deceptive tales of happiness, the younger woman is drawn into and begins to relive the real story of pain, abandonment, and the tyr ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 11th 1998 by Grove Press (first published 1997)
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Oct 07, 2012 Anastasia rated it it was amazing
Ms. Gunn is the master of description and mood. While I read this book twice just for the sheer pleasure of the atmosphere and the darkness described in fantasical detail, I still am not sure in certain sections where it's the past or the present.

I believe the girl goes through the same experience as her mother, but if this is so, there is a huge question about incest. I found I could never quite catch if that was what happened....there is an elusiveness in this book. I might have to read it a t
Heidi Yoder
Dec 08, 2013 Heidi Yoder rated it it was amazing
Ex-poets will understand.
Nov 11, 2010 Elisabeth rated it it was ok
Kirsty Gunns talent is in her descriptions, and this book is full of beautiful dream-like images. The first pages are delightful, and Gunn describes a cafe in such detail that I felt drawn into it. However, as the book continues, the beauty morphs into twisted tales of drugs, abuse and gender-violence. She continues with this descriptive style and I found myself wondering if I really appreciated such detail when it entails live-disections, etc. The book takes on quite a spooky quality as she wri ...more
Kim BookJunkie
Jan 20, 2013 Kim BookJunkie rated it it was ok
Not at all my style! Please someone remind me if I ever try to read another book that is, "poetic and lyrical". Such a waste of time waiting to try to figure out what the author is saying.
Jun 09, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it
Wow...very dark. Amazing how she can use such beautiful poetic words to tell such a horrific story.
Jan 18, 2013 Sophie rated it liked it
This was a 2.5 I think. Beautifully written but creepy and depressing.
Jai Clare
Jul 13, 2007 Jai Clare rated it it was amazing
Shelves: besteverbooks
amazing prose - just read aloud for the images and music!
Apr 23, 2008 Sassy rated it it was ok
Shelves: eh
Very bizarre and disturbing.
Sep 28, 2010 Rita rated it it was ok
ick, please make it be done
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Kirsty Gunn was born in 1960 in New Zealand and educated at Queen Margaret College and Victoria University, Wellington, and at Oxford, where she completed an M.Phil. After moving to London she worked as a freelance journalist.

Her fiction includes the acclaimed Rain (1994), the story of an adolescent girl and the break-up of her family, for which she won a London Arts Board Literature Award; The Ke
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