The Weight of Memory

By Jennifer Paddock
(MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Hardcover, 9781596923768, 254pp.)

Publication Date: May 2012

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Description
In The Weight of Memory, memory is the

common thread running through the storylines

of Chandler, Sarah, and Leigh (characters from

A Secret Word). All three girls are from the

same hometown, witnessed the death of a boy

they all loved in high school, have complicated

relationships with their fathers, and ride out

Hurricane Katrina together in Destin, Florida.

The character of Walker from Point Clear is

also featured as he struggles with psychogenic

amnesia, a memory disorder where he often

loses personal memories. Leigh is searching

for her father, who is a Cherokee Indian, and

learns of her ancestry and how important it

is to preserve the memories of the Cherokee

people. Sarah is separated from her husband,

but hoping for reconciliation, especially after

learning she is pregnant. She is beset by

memories of a faltering marriage, a troubled

relationship with her father, and her failed

acting and singing career in New York. Chandler

is betrayed by her husband, divorces him,

falls madly in love with Walker, but finds new

challenges in the form of his memory disorder.

Memories of Chandler's father, who committed

suicide ten years earlier, are all too clear.

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