A gorgeous memoir about the seventeen-year estrangement of the author and her homeless schizophrenic mother, and their reunion.
A circuitous journey leads Mira Bartok away from home (and her mentally unbalanced mother) and through an exotic life in Europe. When she returns to the woman who drove her away, it is only to watch her die. Spurred by an accident which left her grappling with her own brain damage, Bartok revisits more than an estranged family member when she finds among her mom's belongings a cache of long-forgotten childhood relics. Challenging the notion that you can ever completely sever bonds to the past, THE MEMORY PALACE is a memoir of recovery in multiple movements.