The Memory Stones

 

In Conversation, with Richard Fidler. ABC National Radio

Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 2 Book Club Selection

A BBC Radio Woman's Hour feature

Better Reading Australia, Book of the week

 

 

BUENOS AIRES, 1976.

In the heat of summer, the Ferrero 
family escapes to the lush expanse of Tigre. Osvaldo, a distinguished doctor, and his wife Yolanda, gather with their daughters, sensible Julieta who lives in Miami, and willful Graciela – nineteen, and madly in love. Those few days will be the last they will ever spend together as a family.

On their return to Buenos Aires, the Argentine military stages a coup, friends and colleagues disappear overnight, and Osvaldo is forced to 
flee to Europe. When her fiancé is abducted, Graciela goes into hiding – then she vanishes in turn. Osvaldo can only witness the disintegration of his family from afar, while Yolanda fights on the ground for some trace of their beloved daughter. Soon, she realises they may be fighting for an unknown grandchild as well.

 

Heartbreaking and beautiful, The Memory Stones tells the story of the Disappeared, thousands of Argentinians who fell victim to the violence of the period. Depicting the despair and hope of one family seeking to rebuild itself after unimaginable loss, it is a lyrical, devastating portrait of a country that has come face to face with terror, and the aftershocks that surface in its wake.

 

 

 

First reviews:

'This book is so well written that it doesn't matter if you are interested in the topic or not... Because the characters are so well drawn you can't help but become immersed in the story. it will break your heart; however there is hope at the end of it. I would highly recommend this book.' Selection panel review, Radio 2 Book Club, UK

'This raw and beautiful novel' - Emma Barnett, BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, UK

'A lyrical portrait of brutality that lingers in the memory' Anita Sethi, The Guardian, UK

'Beautiful yet heartbreaking prose.... Even Brothers’ imagery is dark and haunting... Yet within that darkness there is the beauty that can only be found in love and hope.' – Washington Independent Review of Books, US

'Brothers’ harrowing novel tells the disturbing story of the Disappeared—thousands of Argentinians who were kidnapped or murdered during the ’70s in Argentina—with verve and grace. Depicting the despair and hope of a family recovering from the horrors of military rule, it is a devastating portrait of a country in the grip of true terror, and the long, dark shadow such systemic violence leaves behind.' Publishers' Weekly, US

''A sweeping story of loss and exile traversing three decades.' Catherine Hickley, Foreign Influence, Kirkus, US

'Why we love it: Caroline Brothers' second novel, The Memory Stones, is a sublimely told and heartbreaking story. While devastating in its depiction of the depths to which humanity can sink, its evocative language and splendid characters make it a pleasure to read.' Better Reading, Book of the Week, Australia

'A page-turner, a detective story in which we don't know the outcome right up until the last pages… beautifully told, expertly controlled and finely wrought.' ­Steve Walker, Stuff, New Zealand


'The first half is tense and dramatic, yet the story becomes truly remarkable later on.' -– Sarah Johnson, Reading the Past, US





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