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A child is found standing on the street, with an empty bucket in her hand, and no memory of her name, her family or her past. Elsewhere, a girl grows up surrounded by familiar faces - a wet nurse, a piano teacher, a gardener, a best friend and a distant mother - but soon finds them slipping mysteriously from her life. In the company of these girls, we are compelled to tread the uncertain and spiky terrain of memory, where words are dropped like clues to reveal what has been hidden, forgotten or erased.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781846270581
ISBN-10: 1846270588
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Portobello Books Ltd
Publisher: Granta Books
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Jenny Erpenbeck

JENNY ERPENBECK was born in East Berlin in 1967. She has worked on opera and musical productions and her fiction has been translated into 13 languages worldwide.

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