The Memory Thief: A Novel
"Burning down Black Snake trailer was easy. The hard thing was walking away, when what I wanted most was to watch it die... "
When Angel sets fire to her childhood home, it isn't the endit's the beginning. Left with nothing but a few memories in her pocket, Angel escapes into the fields of tobacco, the only place she has ever felt safe. Hidden by those green-gold leaves,...more
The novel was full of pain and disappointment. It did this in a very well-wri...more
The Memory Thief written by Rachel Keener is an amazing novel about two truly dysfunction families and the journey they take in the process of connecting with the past. Rachel Keener has woven an incredible tale illustrating the power of pride, love, hate, revenge and madness.
Initially we meet Hannah, a Holy Roller type, who finds herself at seventeen in circumstances she isn’t prepared for. As she struggles to find her own identity she meets Sam a young boy himself who validates her existence...more
I was immediately pulled into the story. Angel and Hannah are such wonderful characters. The book is very well written and...more
There is nothing I love to read more than stories about the emotional scars of humans, except if it is a story about emotional scars that can eventually be healed. This story does just that....more
Upon finishing the book, my first thought was that the title is misleading. It gives far too much importance to a secondary character who, yes, is pivotal to the plot, but does not deserve foremost billing.
Keener’s two main characters travel through independent timelines and lives. While I recognized her desire to keep the r...more
The Memory Thief by Rachel Keener (Rating--5)
Published by Center Street division of the Hachette Book Group
At the request of The Hachette Book Group, a PB copy was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis: (portions from the book's back cover) When Angel sets fire to her childhood home, it isn't the end-it's the beginning. Left with nothing but a few memories in her pocket, she escapes into the safety of the tobacco fields. She sets her ey...more
From my part of the world, I've lived in the Carolina Low Country and the southern mountains.
An unusual "villain" - won't say more on that subject.
And it kept me guessing.
You can tell by my book list, I'm a big fan of mysteries; while this is not remotely a "mystery" as far a genre goes, it does tackle mysteries of life. The two dysfunctional family stories roll drunkenly toward each other, and you feel like a...more
But I'm a trooper and I started and finished it.
Complex plot line with scarred characters and much unhappiness in backgrounds. However, I wanted to know what happened and find some salvation for them. And was not disappointed that I finished it.
Read in 2010.
I would definitely read this author again.