Memorial Drive

Trethewey, Natasha D.


Natasha Trethewey was born in Mississippi in the 60s to a black mother and a white father. When she was six, Natasha’s parents divorced, and she and her mother moved to Atlanta. There, her mother met the man who would become her second husband, and Natasha’s stepfather. While she was still a child, Natasha decided that she would not tell her mother about what her stepfather did when she was not there: the quiet bullying and control, the games of cat and mouse. Her mother kept her own secrets, secrets that grew harder to hide as Natasha came of age. When Natasha was nineteen and away at college, her stepfather shot her mother dead on the driveway outside their home. With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, ‘Memorial Drive’ is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence.

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‘A meditation on race, and class, and grief … Uplifting, but just wrenching’ BARACK OBAMAONE OF BARACK OBAMA’S BEST BOOKS OF 2020AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEARWINNER OF THE ANISFIELD-WOLF BOOK AWARDSHORTLISTED FOR THE 2021 CARNEGIE MEDAL IN NON-FICTION‘This will be read for many, many years to come as a classic not just of the memoir genre but of contemporary writing’ Simon Schama‘Astonishing’ Thandiwe Newton’As gripping as any thriller’ Mail on Sunday‘A masterpiece’ Elizabeth Gilbert‘Powerful’ The TimesAt age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother.Heartbreakingly clear-eyed and tender, Memorial Drive is a daughter’s act of love – and an unflinching excavation of the wounds that never heal. For as Trethewey tells her story, and reclaims her mother’s, she lays bare the indelible scars of slavery and racism on the soul of a troubled nation.‘Sheer artistry … Trethewey’s masterpiece suggests that the greatest act of defiance a black person can do is to remember’ Financial Times

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Weight 178 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 18 mm










811.6 (edition:23)


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