Memory Artists, The by Jeffrey Moore
Finalist for The Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2004
In the tradition of Jonathan Safran Foer and Jonathan Lethem, Jeffrey Moore effortlessly juggles different voices and narrative styles to get at the very heart of what it means to remember and to forget.
Noel Burun is a hypermnesiac synaesthete: his memory is unrelentingly exact, and he sees spoken words as vibrant explosions of colour, a sensation that often leaves him befuddled and bewildered. Adding to his frustration is his mother’s slow descent into the quicksand of Alzheimer’s. A man who remembers too much and a woman who remembers too little—both struggle to make sense of their worlds in a house bloated with memories.
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