The Map of Lost Memories: A Novel

By Kim Fay

2013 Edgar Award Finalist for top First Novel through an American Author

In 1925 the overseas treasure-hunting scene is a man's global, and nobody is familiar with this higher than Irene Blum, who's omitted for a coveted museum curatorship simply because she is a girl. trying to fix her acceptance, she units off from Seattle looking for a temple believed to deal with the misplaced heritage of Cambodia's old Khmer civilization. yet her quest to make the best archaeological discovery of the century quickly turns into a quest for her family's secrets and techniques. Embracing the colourful and corrupt global of colonial Asia within the early 1900s, The Map of misplaced Memories takes readers right into a forgotten period the place not anything is because it seems.  As Irene travels via Shanghai's lawless again streets and Saigon's opium-filled lanes, she joins forces with a Communist temple robber and an fascinating nightclub proprietor with a classy previous. Deep in the humidity-soaked Cambodian jungle, what they convey to gentle does greater than switch background. It finally solves the mysteries in their personal lives.
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"In The Map of misplaced thoughts, Kim Fay attracts us right into a universe as unique, severe, and traditionally specific because the historic artifacts her unforgettable heroine seeks. it is a deliciously unforeseen trip: Indiana Jones meets Somerset Maugham meets Marguerite Duras."--Jennifer Cody Epstein, writer of The Painter from Shanghai
 
"A exciting mixture of experience and private discovery . . . [Kim] Fay crafts an elaborate page-turner that may preserve readers breathless and guessing."--Publishers Weekly
 
"A ripping solid story . . . mysterious Asian destinations . . . a pushed younger American heroine . . . an period not remembered yet pale to romantic mind's eye . . . The Map of misplaced Memories pulls the parts jointly in a narrative that intrigues and rewards."--Lincoln magazine Star
 
"Fay's outstanding novel has every thing nice historical-adventure fiction should--a strikingly unique atmosphere, exhilarating plot twists, and a near-impossible quest."--Booklist (starred review)

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I can’t say i used to be watching for to listen to that. ” Mr. Simms was once by no means amused while he felt threatened, and his humor lightened Irene’s spirits. “What have been you watching for? She’s the main irrational individual I’ve ever met. She takes tablets as though they’re sweet. as a rule she’s a legal responsibility. ” “I be aware of all of that, Irene. ” This was once stated with unforeseen compassion. “You recognize? ” even if Irene had thought of this risk, it nonetheless made no feel. “Then why contain her during this? Do you furthermore may comprehend that i used to be approximately killed through her madman of a husband? ” “I was once correct approximately you. I knew that if someone may perhaps do it, you may. ” “Do what? ” “Get her clear of him. It used to be just a topic of time earlier than he thoroughly destroyed her, yet what may I do? She may by no means have believed that I cared approximately her welfare. Then this chance got here alongside. ” “Why do you care? ” “Good Lord, after what she’s been via, she nonetheless desires a revolution. the lady places me to disgrace. and that i inspiration bringing we all again jointly one final time was once bold. ” Irene glanced up and observed the wind pushing at wisps of his thinning hair, revealing the translucent, age-mottled pores and skin underneath. even supposing his awareness had wandered past the railing, he didn't appear to see the flotilla of Cambodians paddling earlier in crude dugout canoes. She had no event with melanoma. She didn't understand what it took from a guy at this degree, or the way it seized his brain. “Who is we all? ” she requested, reluctantly. “What do you suggest? ” “Us? ” he requested. He appeared harassed, looking Irene’s face as though he didn't realize her. A rash of panic warmed Irene’s epidermis. She may well strength herself to undergo Mr. Simms’s actual decay. He was once skinny and small-boned, with a bantam body. His physique had by no means been part of his strength. yet his brain. He was once not only clever, he was once razor sharp. If his disease took his brain, it is going to remove every thing she understood approximately him. every little thing she enjoyed approximately him. “Mr. Simms,” she stated, tentatively. He coughed, a withered hawking. “I’m sorry, my expensive. My concepts, they stray so simply nowadays. ” Hoarsely, he requested, “How is Marc? ” The mist used to be breaking up, yet regardless of the emerging sunlight and porcelain blue sky, there has been no colour at the river. “Why didn’t you inform me approximately him? ” “There used to be a time while it appeared for the simplest, protecting the 2 of you separate. You have been each one this type of various a part of my life,” he replied, sounding answerable for his concepts once more. “I bear in mind after your mom died. i have not noticeable a guy so grief-stricken as your father was once. after which he requested for my support to elevate you. Me, of every person. i assume he knew he may well belief me, after the company of your mother’s kidnapping. And if whatever have been to occur to him, you had no different relatives. ” Fumbling with the pinnacle button of his coat, Mr. Simms stated, “He needed to be yes that somebody might look after you. ” “Let me. ” Irene leaned in to assist with the button, noticing the unfastened, crepelike epidermis of his throat. “I didn’t comprehend then why I agreed to be your dad or mum, yet i've got come to think that few males comprehend whatever they're doing whereas it truly is occurring.

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