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Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey

Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir

Natasha Trethewey

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Imprint: Bloomsbury Circus
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 28 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781408840016

'A must-read classic' Mary Karr 'Trethewey writes elegantly, trenchantly, intimately as well about the fraught history of the south and what it means live at the intersection of America's struggle between blackness and whiteness.

4 stars out of 5
Clive Davis
23 Jul 2020

"This powerful memoir relives an awful family tragedy"

In the closing pages we read the transcript of their last phone conversation. The district attorney’s office had put a recording device on Gwendolyn’s phone to gather evidence for another prosecution. Joel’s rambling, self-pitying conversation is interrupted when Natasha — away at university — calls to let her mother know when she can be picked up at the start of the summer break. This verbatim section, although slightly overextended, still adds to the sense of the shadows closing in. Had the police been more assertive — the officer who was supposed to be watching Gwendolyn’s apartment left his post — she might have survived. Trethewey too is dogged by her own feelings of survivor’s guilt. With this fine book she has at least made amends.