288 pages Paperback Released July 28, 2020 Published by Vintage ISBN-13: 9781101911815
A haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance, from the acclaimed author ofThe Housekeeper and the Professor.
On an unnamed island, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses. . . . Most of the inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few able to recall the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police, who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten. When a young writer discovers that her editor is in danger, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her f loorboards, and together they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past. Powerful and provocative,The Memory Policeis a stunning novel about the trauma of loss.