Remember Me by Trezza Azzopardi
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Trezza Azzopardi follows up her critically acclaimed debut, The Hiding Place (shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2001), with this astonishingly powerful novel that opens with a wallop: As an older woman lies sleeping in a dilapidated abandoned home, all her worldly possessions (namely a suitcase and a wig) are ruthlessly stolen. The identity of the thief and the motive for this strange crime come to light, as the old woman attempts to track down her assailant and, in the process, recounts the story of her own fractured life. Christened Lillian but called Patsy, the homeless woman has been known by many names. After the suicide of her mother (an unstable woman who saw ghosts), she was sent to live with her strict grandfather. Her telltale red hair -- the only sure proof of her identity -- is continually disguised: first dyed platinum, then cropped, and finally hidden beneath a dead woman's dark wig. Unceremoniously shunted from relative to relative during the bombings of WWII, Winnie lives a precarious life -- repeatedly exploited, betrayed, and abandoned until, in old age, she is cast out as a derelict to society. As narrator, she recounts the story of her former lives in vivid, disjointed pieces that do not fit together until the book's surprising ending. Elegantly written and compelling, Azzopardi's character-driven novel is a testament to imaginative storytelling. Her Winnie is a narrator sure to be remembered for years to come.
 

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Published February 5, 2004 by Grove Press. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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After the clairvoyant, Winnie is taken in by Mr. Hewitt, a shoe-shop owner, until he realizes that she’s the daughter of his brother, who ran away with Mr. Hewitt’s fiancé.

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Remember Me by Trezza Azzopardi 262pp, Picador, £16.99 Second acts are hard to pull off, and following in the wake of a Booker-shortlisted first novel must be a particularly nerve-wracking exercise.

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Remember Me by Trezza Azzopardi Picador £16.99, pp272 We've all stared at elderly, homeless women like the central character in Trezza Azzopardi's second novel - dressed in eccentric hand-me-downs, wandering shopping centres in the afternoon, sitting on benches rummaging through plastic bags - bu...

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In this odd and moving second novel from Azzopardi, whose first novel, The Hiding , was a Booker finalist, a thief makes off with a small case containing some useless relics belonging to an elderly homeless woman—variously called Patricia, Lillian and Winifred, depending on the people who "care" ...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Jean Charbonneau San Francisco Chronicle 2.5 of 5 Stars "… Remember Me seems best left to readers who find early Anita Brookner novels too brassy.

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