The Book of M: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Shepherd, Peng
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
  FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: June 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.79in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Brad Thor's Summer 2018 Fiction Pick for THE TODAY SHOW!

"Eerie, dark, and compelling, [The Book of M] will not disappoint lovers of The Passage (2010) and Station Eleven (2014)." --Booklist

WHAT WOULD YOU GIVE UP TO REMEMBER?

Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself.

One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man's shadow disappears-an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.

Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max's shadow disappears too.

Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless.

As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure.

Like The Passage and Station Eleven, this haunting, thought-provoking, and beautiful novel explores fundamental questions of memory, connection, and what it means to be human in a world turned upside down.

Review Quote*"I was both disturbed and inspired by Max's and Ory's journey through apocalypses large and small. Peng Shepherd has written a prescient, dark fable for the now and for the soon-to-be. The Book of M is our beautiful nightmare shadow."
Review Quote*"Sheperd's debut is graceful and riveting, slowly peeling back layers of an intricately constructed and unsettling alternate future."
Review Quote*"Eerie, dark, and compelling, this will not disappoint lovers of The Passage (2010) and Station Eleven (2014)."
Review Quote*"Brilliant debut... The Book of M is right up there with Station Eleven: achingly beautiful literary novels about a changed world."
Review Quote*"This is an apocalyptic thriller with heart... The Book of M is devastating and inventive as Shepherd examines the value of memory, packing in imaginative twists as she goes."
Review Quote*"It is an incredible concept, and she is a brilliant, brilliant new fiction writer. This is someone who you're eventually going to have on this couch-she's that good."
Review Quote*"A beautiful and haunting story about the power of memory and the necessity of human connection, this book is a post-apocalyptic masterpiece and the one dystopian novel you really need to read this year."
Review Quote*"The Book of M is exciting, imaginative, unique, and beautiful. Shepherd proves herself not just a writer to watch, but a writer to treasure."
Review Quote*"Prepare to fall in love with your own shadow. And to lose sleep. Shepherd is urgently good, and has written one of those books that makes you look up at two in the morning, to a world that's new, newly scary, and freshly appreciated: what all the great stories do."