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Kelly Rummel 1305 29th of April 2013 by editor 29th of April 2013
The Memory of Love

Review by Kelly Rummel

Linda Olsson’s latest novel reads somewhat like a fictional memoir. We meet our narrator and main character, Marion Flint, in her early fifties after spending her last fifteen years in a secluded beachfront home on the quiet coast of New Zealand. This frozen life of hers, we learn, is a personal decision, intended to suppress the memories of her volatile past, and maintain her peace and stability. She succeeds in escaping her past lives in Stockholm and London until a chance encounter breathes a new life into her world: Ika, a quiet and bruised boy begins to visit her on a weekly basis in an effort to escape his own tumultuous existence. This development stirs up the memories Marion has so carefully put to sleep and forces them to re-emerge. As Ika’s own traumatic home life becomes clear to Marion, she realises that the best thing she can do for both herself and him is to let her memories surface, perhaps in order to make sense of and come to terms with them. These memories are presented in the past tense, third person, so that both Marion and the reader receive an honest but distanced look at how the events in Marion’s past have shaped her. The principal strength of this novel is its consistency and ease of story-telling; though it jumps back and forth in time, the progression of events both past and present is smooth, ebbing and flowing like the sea that provides a permanent background as the tale develops.

The Memory of Love is published by Penguin.

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I was delighted and very grateful to see a review of my latest book on your website. It is not published in Spanish yet, but I hope it will happen. All the very best and again thank you. Linda Olsson