Synopsis: ‘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 wilful Graciela nineteen, and madly in love with her fiancé, José. Those days will be the last the family ever spends together.
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 José is abducted, Graciela goes into hiding, then 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 long, dark shadow it leaves behind.’
This is one of the best written novels I have read in a long time. The language the author uses, the writing style, the imagery and the heartfelt emotions that Caroline Brothers evokes brings this story to life.
‘The Memory Stones’ is a harrowing tale of a political situation that I knew very little about. It is unthinkable that this military regime could create such havoc and bring about such devastation and brutality. Caroline Brothers is able to recreate the fear, the loss and the heartbreak through her narrative. At the same time Brothers evokes in the reader awe of the grandmothers for their bravery and their devotion to the cause.
This book is a must read. Highly recommend.
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