A Thief in the House of Memory
By Tim Wynne-Jones
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374374785, 224pp.)
Publication Date: March 24, 2005
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Family secrets, forgotten memories, and the transforming power of truth
It's been six years since sixteen-year-old Dec's free-spirited mother, Lindy, disappeared. Dec feels so trapped in the present, he's avoided examining his past. But when an intruder dies in the museum-like family home, the man's death sends forth tremors that reawaken forgotten memories. Suddenly Dec is flooded with visions of his mother so tangible it's hard to believe they're not real. At least Dec has his best friend - gifted, funny Ezra - to help him sort out what's real and what isn't. But as Dec's dream visions of his mother turn into nightmares, Ezra announces he's going away, leaving Dec haunted by questions that must be answered. What did happen to his mother? And who really is the thief in the house of memory?
In this masterful new novel, Tim Wynne-Jones explores with wit, compassion, and humor the fictional territory he knows best - the prickly ties that bind families, the murky connections between imagination and real life.
Tim Wynne-Jones's many award-winning books include The Boy in the Burning House, winner of the 2002 Edgar Award for Young Adult Fiction. He lives near Perth, Ontario.