In connected essays, The Memory Eaters uses nostalgia and Kadetsky’s personal Jewish and French-Canadian family background to explore epigenetics, grief, what a name and an identity mean in the context of family and inheritance, her own traumatic assault, yoga, Buddhism, and more. Covering her battles with her mother’s Alzheimer’s — a former Pucci and runway model — her sister’s addiction, and family secrets with radiant insights and gorgeous writing, Kadetsky answers the question inherent in this memoir: Can we remake the past using the wisdom of the present? Her nuanced essays explore the complicated contradictions inherent to memory, how memory holds us captive to our familial wounds, while at the same time helping us preserve the stories, and presences, of those we love. The author’s precise eye for detail, the lushness of her prose, her relentless and unflinching determination to comprehend a family’s incalculable mysteries, shape a vividly unforgettable memoir of longing and discovery.
The Memory Eaters
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2019
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