Disappearance. Have you ever gone by a vacant lot and found yourself at a loss when you try to remember what had been on the site? Yoko Ogawa’s novel titled, The Memory Police, is set on an island where a powerful surveillance state causes items to disappear and for the memory of those items to be unlawful. People also disappear, especially those who have the ability to recall the disappeared items. After a struggling writer hides her editor from the police, fear and loss increase dramatically. The premise is frightening, the prose elegant, and the novel disturbing in all the right ways.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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