The Memento

Haunting gothic elements are exquisitely re-imagined in this strange tale of madness, murder and dark secrets set on the rugged Bay of Fundy coast by the acclaimed author of Heave. The Memento tells the story of Fancy Mosher as she lives and works in the servants’ quarters at Petal’s End, a formerly illustrious private land surrounded by dense forest belonging to the famed Parker family. Fancy grows up listening to her family’s ghost stories and watching the Parkers from a safe distance with her best friend, Art, but the summer she turns twelve she not only learns that her family has been hiding a terrifying truth about who she is and what she is capable of, she also begins to experience firsthand the magnitude of secrets and horrors held within the estate’s walls and buried in its lush gardens. Christy Ann Conlin gives us a lyrical and chilling meditation on human nature and the manner of recollection in this captivating ghost story where webs of memories haunt and distort reality and ultimately destroy those who weave them. Order The Memento here

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Praise for The Memento:

“Lovely and sinister, The Memento is a gorgeous unveiling of the relentless darkness that awaits beneath the pristine, orderly beauties we so painstakingly impose.” —Lynn Coady, author of Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning Hellgoing

“Trust in Christy Ann Conlin. Follow the mythic thread she has expertly woven through this rich labyrinth of a novel and you will be transported. This is the work of a master storyteller operating at the height of her craft.” —Alexander MacLeod, author of Light Lifting

“In this exuberant novel, Christy Ann Conlin offers us a grab bag of Gothic delights—a creaking groaning mansion, a precocious 12th-born twelve-year-old, tea parties with the dead and an unnerving number of fleeting darting ‘somethings’ only glimpsed in the corner of your eye.  Wildly imaginative.” —Caroline Adderson, author of Ellen in Pieces

The Memento is as much a lush atmospheric ghost story as it is a meditation on memory and grief. There is a subtle Turn of the Screw sinisterness, an eeriness, that lingers long after you’ve put the book down.” —Michelle Berry, author of Blind Crescent 

“Through the intriguing narrator of The Memento, Conlin performs a kind of literary necromancy, leading the reader through this vivid, compelling, eerie tale—of the power of blood, the pain of reflection, and the ways in which we are all haunted by our pasts—so intimately it is as if she is walking us through the baroque rooms and grounds of tragic, haunted Petal’s End.” —Jacqueline Baker, author of The Broken Hours

The Memento is a strange, verdant, alluring and haunted novel of secrets harboured like seeping illnesses, of children and misremembering, of landscape, of richest truths as they dare erupt in creative acts. I read it breakneck, in an altered state, and have placed it on the bookshelf—respectfully so as not to disturb the hobgobblies—between Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping.” —Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, author of All the Broken Things