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The Book of M

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A vivid, touching and original debut, following the effects of an extraordinary catastrophe on very ordinary people.

In the middle of a market in India, a man’s shadow disappears. As rolling 24-hour news coverage tries to explain the event, more cases are discovered. The phenomenon spreads like a plague as people learn the true cost of their lost part: their memories.

Two years later, Ory and his wife, Max, have escaped 'the Forgetting' by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods in Virgina. They have settled into their new reality until Max, too, loses her shadow.

Knowing the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to the person most precious to her, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up what little time they have left before she loses her memory completely and desperately follows her trail.

On their separate journeys, each searches for answers: for Ory about love, about survival, about hope, and for Max about a mysterious new force growing in the south that may hold the cure. But neither could have guessed at what you gain when you lose your shadow: the power of magic.

A breathtakingly imaginative, timeless story that explores fundamental questions about memory and love - the price of forgetting, the power of connection and what it means to be human when your world is turned upside down.

©2018 Peng Shepherd (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Graceful and riveting." (Publishers Weekly)

"A voice that's as emotionally compelling as Gone Girl, a novel that's as thrilling as The Stand. Prepare to fall in love with your own shadow. And to lose sleep." (David Lipsky, New York Times best-selling author of Although of Course You End up Becoming Yourself and Absolutely American)

"The Book of M is exciting, imaginative, unique, and beautiful. Shepherd proves herself not just a writer to watch, but a writer to treasure." (Darin Strauss, best-selling author of Half a Life)

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  • ClareR
  • 21-12-2018

Very enjoyable

Oh how I love a bit of dystopia. This time, people 'lose' their shadows, and with the loss of their shadows comes the loss of their memories. The added twist, is that when they are losing their memories, people begin to be able to do remarkable, scary things. Magical things.
We follow Ory and his quest to find his wife, Max, after her shadow disappears. She leaves to protect him. There are also two other main characters whose stories we follow - an olympic trained archer and the Amnesiac.
I loved this. The narrators were excellent, and for such an implausible concept, it just seemed so likely! For a book with magic, it didn't seem wildly fantastical. Why SHOULDN'T this happen? It makes a change from a killer virus (for the record, I like those kinds of stories too, by the way). I really liked the descriptions of those who lost their memories - the way in which it happened sounded a bit like I would imagine those with Alzheimers or dementia lose their memories. This book is about how important our memories actually are, how they shape the way we live our lives.
A very good book/ listen!