Mac's Backs Sci-Fi Book Club discusses Mem by Bethany C. Morrow
In Jazz Age Montreal, an underground Vault imprisons living memories. Known as Mems, theses physical clones of other people are doomed to experience a single memory over and over--one that belongs not to them, but to the memory's original Source. Lacking thoughts or personality of their own, Mems expire inside the Vault, where they are monitored by scientists known as Bankers. That is, except for one 19-year-old Mem--Dolores Extract n. 1--who shocks the world with the capacity to make her own memories. With the help of the doctor who created her, Dolores is released from captivity and establishes an independent life in the glittering city. She is a beautiful enigma, celebrated by a public obsessed with this dangerous procedure. When she is suddenly summoned back to the Vault, she must confront the Bankers and her own Source to discover the ultimate truth: is she human, or not?
" MEM is an unusual first novel set in an alternate past that brings a powerful vision to bear on the horrors (and opportunities) of trying to establish your own identity in a world that makes no space for you... Morrow drives her premise to a memorable conclusion about who shapes whom in the endless laboratory experiment of being alive." - Los Angeles Times
" MEM is a short, satisfying work made poignant by Elsie's voice... Elsie holds up a mirror to her human counterparts, and the reader as well." - The Washington Post
A California native, Bethany C. Morrow spent six years living in Montreal, Quebec. Her speculative literary fiction uses a focus on character and language to engage with, comment on and investigate worlds not unlike our own. MEM is her debut novel. She currently resides in upstate New York.
The book will be available at Mac's Backs or through our website at the 20% Book Club discount.
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