Moving between the vibrant townships of the poor and the suburbs and country retreats of the rich, The Book of Memory is a compelling, contemporary tale of love, obsession and the cruelty of fate. Memory is an albino woman, languisihing in prison in Harare, Zimbabwe. At nine years old she was adopted by a wealthy man -- a man whose murder she is now convicted of. Facing the death penalty, she tells the story os the chain of events that brought her there. But is everything exactly as she remembers it?
Startlingly vivid [with] a thriller-like suspense . . . this is a moving novel about memory that unfolds into one about forgiveness, and a passionate paean to the powers of language. Anita Sethi The Observer
Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe. Her debut collection, An Elegy for Easterly, won the Guardian First Book Prize in 2009.