Mem by Bethany C. Morrow audiobook

Mem: A Novel

By Bethany C. Morrow
Read by Soneela Nankani

Blackstone Publishing 9781944700553
5.06 Hours Unabridged
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Mem is a rare novel, a small book carrying very big ideas, the kind of story that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it. Set in the glittering art deco world of a century ago, Mem makes one slight alteration to history: a scientist in Montreal discovers a method allowing people to have their memories extracted from their minds, whole and complete. The Mems exist as mirror-images of their source―zombie-like creatures destined to experience that singular memory over and over, until they expire in the cavernous Vault where they are kept. And then there is Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem capable of creating her own memories. An ageless beauty shrouded in mystery, she is allowed to live on her own, and create her own existence, until one day she is summoned back to the Vault. What happens next is a gorgeously rendered, heart-breaking novel in the vein of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. Debut novelist Bethany Morrow has created an allegory for our own time, exploring profound questions of ownership and how they relate to identity, memory, and history, all in the shadows of Montreal’s now forgotten slave trade.

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Summary

Summary

A Washington Post Pick of Best Books of the Month

A Chicago Review of Books Pick for May

A Bustle Pick of the Month

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Mem is a rare novel, a small book carrying very big ideas, the kind of story that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

Set in the glittering art deco world of a century ago, Mem makes one slight alteration to history: a scientist in Montreal discovers a method allowing people to have their memories extracted from their minds, whole and complete. The Mems exist as mirror-images of their source―zombie-like creatures destined to experience that singular memory over and over, until they expire in the cavernous Vault where they are kept.

And then there is Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem capable of creating her own memories. An ageless beauty shrouded in mystery, she is allowed to live on her own, and create her own existence, until one day she is summoned back to the Vault. What happens next is a gorgeously rendered, heart-breaking novel in the vein of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.

Debut novelist Bethany Morrow has created an allegory for our own time, exploring profound questions of ownership and how they relate to identity, memory, and history, all in the shadows of Montreal’s now forgotten slave trade.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Soneela Nankani narrates this combination of science fiction and alternate history with a deft and subtle touch that reinforces the story’s blurred reality…Nankani cultivates a tone of detachment and longing that perfectly suits the character and story. Her portrayal of Elsie is wry and thoughtful, while the people and Mems who surround her have voices and accents that are distinct even when filtered through that distancing lens.” AudioFile
“With her dizzying concept, richly imagined narrator, ornate setting, and first-rate storytelling, Morrow offers an epiphany for readers of speculative fiction with echoes of ideas explored in films like Blade Runner and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The defiant story of an impossible enigma who only yearns to be a real girl.” Kirkus Reviews
“An extraordinary and utterly compelling novel that deftly explores questions of memory, identity, and humanity.” Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
“This gorgeously written novel is one of the most enthralling and original debuts I’ve read in years.” Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me
Mem is a thrilling and addictive read. Part mystery, part query into the nature of ownership…and what happens when women defy societal conventions by breaking every rule.” Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus

Reviews

Reviews

by Brian (Brian's Book Blog) 5/28/2018
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

Felt Like A Dream

MEM is a story for people who liked the movies The Island (with Scarlett Johannsen) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It tells the story of moments that have been taken from peoples lives. I don’t want to take away from the world building that is done but it really is a combination of those two movies.

The story felt a little like a dream. I think it was written this way on purpose. It took place in Montreal in the early 1900s and the things that are talked about just make it seem and feel dreamlike.

I’m not a big fan of “literary fiction” because it’s usually too flowy and full of unneeded descriptions and prose. But I did enjoy MEM. It is definitely different than the typical books I read but in a good way. It was a nice break and a world that I found fascinating.

Morrow was able to tell a story that made you feel for supposed “things” and I believe she was trying to channel some older Montreal history (that I don’t know). I think this was her first novel - which shocks me.  It's hard to write something so full of emotion and imagination on your first try but I think she nailed it.

A short book full of feeling - MEM will leave you thankful for every feeling that you get to remember.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Author

Author Bio: Bethany C. Morrow

Author Bio: Bethany C. Morrow

Bethany C. Morrow, a former expatriate now living in the American Northeast, with one foot still firmly planted in Quebec, is an author of speculative literary fiction.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 5.06
Audience: Adult
Language: English