Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey audiobook

Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir

By Natasha Trethewey
Read by Natasha Trethewey

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062248572


Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781094168449

  • ISBN: 9781094168432

  • ISBN: 9781094168456

Runtime: 5.16 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English



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New York Times Notable Book of 2020

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NPR Best Book of the Year

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An Instant New York Times Bestseller 

*A New York Times Notable Book *A Washington Post Top 10 Best Book of 2020 *An Amazon Best Book of 2020 *An NPR Best Book of 2020 *A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2020* A New York Times Critics' Top Book of 2020 * An Esquire Best Book of 2020 * An Electric Literature Favorite Non-Fiction Book of 2020 *

A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.

With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Natasha Trethewey explores this profound experience of pain, loss, and grief as an entry point into understanding the tragic course of her mother’s life and the way her own life has been shaped by a legacy of fierce love and resilience. Moving through her mother’s history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a “child of miscegenation” in Mississippi, Trethewey plumbs her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985.

Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence but also a piercing glimpse at the enduring ripple effects of white racism and domestic abuse. Animated by unforgettable prose and inflected by a poet’s attention to language, this is a luminous, urgent, and visceral memoir from one of our most important contemporary writers and thinkers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A moving, heartbreaking memoir about a traumatic event and the path to healing.” Library Journal
“The work enraptures like a thriller, unraveling as it races against the inevitable.” Esquire
“Beautifully composed, achingly sad.” Publishers Weekly
“In the end, we stand with Trethewey’s grief, feeling it as friends rather than voyeurs. That is perhaps what makes this book both so timely and timeless.” Boston Globe
“This subtle, sublime memoir…draws through…the heart’s terra incognita.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“A work of great beauty and tenderness, an atmospheric evocation of innocence and loss.” New York Times Book Review
“Alternately beautiful and devastating.” Washington Post




Author Bio: Natasha Trethewey

Author Bio: Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey is a former US poet laureate and the author of five collections of poetry, as well as a book of creative nonfiction. She is currently the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. In 2007 she won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection Native Guard.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 5.16
Audience: Adult
Language: English