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The Year of Fog (Bantam Discovery)

By Michelle Richmond

The Year of Fog (Bantam Discovery)

Started reading:
17th May 2008
Finished reading:
23rd May 2008

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Rating: 9

Great book.

I had heard a lot about this one and happened across it at the library so I picked it up. It is about a woman who is a photographer, dating a man with a daughter… she takes the daughter to the beach one day and while distracted by a dead seal pup on the beach, the little girl goes missing. The book dwells a lot on photography and memory and has beautiful imagery in discussing the two.

My favorite quote from the book happens in chapter 37: “Memory is not unlike a photograph with multiple exposures. One event it layered on top of another, so that it is impossible to distinguish between the details of the two. The older we get, the more multiple exposure memories we have. Temporal relationships become elastic. As the years progress and we experience more and more, the mini narratives that make up our lives are distorted, corrupted, so that every one of us is left with a false history, a self-created fiction about the lives we have led.”