The Memory Palace is a breathtaking literary memoir about the complex meaning of love, truth, and the capacity for forgiveness among family. Through stunning prose and original art created by the author, The Memory Palace explores the connections between mother and daughter that cannot be broken no matter how much exists—or is lost—between them.

The Memory Palace is almost a fairy tale: two little girls grow up under the spell of their mother's madness. But it really did happen, once upon a time, and Mira Bartok uses her considerable powers of recollection and compassion to understand her family and to present them to readers as complete, loved human beings. This is an extraordinary book.”

Audrey Niffenegger, author of

The Time Traveler’s Wife and

Her Fearful Symmetry

“A disturbing, mesmerizing personal narrative about growing up with a brilliant but schizophrenic mother. . . .  Richly textured, compassionate and heartbreaking.”

Kirkus, starred review

Free Press (a division of Simon & Schuster)

January 11, 2011

ISBN 978-1439183311

The Memory Palace

A Memoir by Mira Bartók

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Mira Bartók is a Chicago-born artist and writer and the author of twenty-eight books for children. Her writing has appeared in several literary journals and anthologies and has been noted in The Best American Essays series. She lives in Western Massachusetts where she runs Mira’s List, a blog that helps artists find funding and residencies all over the world. The Memory Palace is Mira’s first book for adults.

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Author photo by Doug Plavin.