The Weight of Memory

The Weight of Memory In The Weight of Memory memory is the common thread running through the storylinesof Chandler Sarah and Leigh characters fromA Secret Word All three girls are from thesame hometown witnessed the d

  • Title: The Weight of Memory
  • Author: Jennifer Paddock
  • ISBN: 9781596923768
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In The Weight of Memory, memory is the common thread running through the storylinesof Chandler, Sarah, and Leigh characters fromA Secret Word All three girls are from thesame hometown, witnessed the death of a boythey all loved in high school, have complicatedrelationships with their fathers, and ride outHurricane Katrina together in Destin, Florida.The character of WalIn The Weight of Memory, memory is the common thread running through the storylinesof Chandler, Sarah, and Leigh characters fromA Secret Word All three girls are from thesame hometown, witnessed the death of a boythey all loved in high school, have complicatedrelationships with their fathers, and ride outHurricane Katrina together in Destin, Florida.The character of Walker from Point Clear isalso featured as he struggles with psychogenicamnesia, a memory disorder where he oftenloses personal memories Leigh is searchingfor her father, who is a Cherokee Indian, andlearns of her ancestry and how important itis to preserve the memories of the Cherokeepeople Sarah is separated from her husband,but hoping for reconciliation, especially afterlearning she is pregnant She is beset bymemories of a faltering marriage, a troubledrelationship with her father, and her failedacting and singing career in New York Chandleris betrayed by her husband, divorces him,falls madly in love with Walker, but finds newchallenges in the form of his memory disorder.Memories of Chandler s father, who committedsuicide ten years earlier, are all too clear.

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    About "Jennifer Paddock"

    1. Jennifer Paddock

      Jennifer Paddock is the author of the novels A Secret Word, Point Clear, and The Weight of Memory She received an M.A in creative writing from New York University, and her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Stories from the Blue Moon Caf , The North American Review, Other Voices, Garden and Gun, Mr Beller s Neighborhood, and The New York Times She is also a tennis pro at The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama.Praise A riveting novel about memory, the meaning of home, and what we are willing to leave behind Michelle Richmond, author of The Year of Fog Jennifer Paddock seduces the reader with the narrative equivalent of a raised eyebrow or the almost imperceptible nod of the head At the end the reader is inclined to ask thewriter as well as her characters what s next Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City Poignant and true, Paddock s language evokes theelegiac way lives play themselves out William Gay, author of Twilight In remarkably elegant and evocative prose, Jennifer Paddockreveals that it s not only the big moments that can change a life, but the deceptively quiet ones, like the eye of the hurricane herheroine passes through Leah Stewart, author of The Myth of You and Me Paddock writes like Raymond Carver with a bigger heart simple, graceful but tough, always with an eye on thepossibility of redemption Michael Knight, author of Goodnight, Nobody There is something about Paddock s writing that defies conventional description The closest word I can summon is magic Melinda Haynes, author of Mother of Pearl Point Clear is a subtle novel about an introspective young woman s search for selfhood elegiac prose A warm tale Publishers Weekly A Secret Word is striking a subtle, surprising first novel, with unforgettable characters, a quiet sense of place and a nuanced exploration of the secrets, loves, despairs, friends and relatives that shape our lives Publishers Weekly A Secret Word is an uncommonly assured debut Paddock s narrative is deceptively simple Her characters neither implausibly obsess over minutiae nor have conveniently placed dramatic episodes instead, their creator relies on a smoothly authoritative voice to simply carry us through An unusually generous spirit animates these pages, knowledgeable about shared pain, the call of the big city, disappointments, and secret keeping the lucky discovery of three secret diaries Kirkus Reviews Filled with many moving and sometimes devastating moments and observations, Paddock s first novel is three coming of age stories for the price of one Booklist

    368 thoughts on “The Weight of Memory”

    1. I won this book on . I was pleasantly surprised by the book. I enjoyed the story and the characters. The theme, memory, that starts in the book title weaves throughout the lives of the characters. Once I started reading this book, I didn't want to put it down. I will definitely be checking out Jennifer Paddock's other books.


    2. Reading this book made me feel as though I had spent the weekend with my closest childhood friends. The perfect follow up to Paddock's first novel, A Secret Word.


    3. This was a story from the shifting perspective of three southern women in their 30s who have been friends since high school. They are each in crisis or transition and have gravitated back to each other serendipitously at this time in their lives. Sarah is the daughter of a famous heart surgeon who has married multiple times giving her several half & step siblings Her father is inattentive and she is separated from her husband, Ryan, who seems to be having an early mid-life crises. Leigh is t [...]


    4. This book was different that I expected. I liked how each chapter focused on a different character and how they were all connected in some way. I am not sure that I thought the memory component really came into play a lot. It was evident in one character and then awkwardly placed in some other characters stories.I also expected more about Trey and his death because it was so often mentioned. It left me wanting a little more.Overall, I did like the book when I separated it from the title. I breez [...]



    5. Wonderful and seamless follow up to Jennifer's first 2 novels. You feel like there was no time between. Great development of characters!



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