The Answer To The Riddle Is Me: A Memoir Of Amnesia
The Answer To The Riddle Is Me: A Memoir Of Amnesia

The Answer To The Riddle Is Me: A Memoir Of Amnesia

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A mesmerizing, unsettling memoir about the ever-echoing nature of identitywritten in vivid, blooming detail. Gillian Flynn, best-selling author of Gone Girl

On October 17, 2002, David MacLean woke up on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. No money. No passport. No identity.

Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. He could remember song lyrics, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he was told he loved. His illness, it turned out, was the result of the commonly prescribed antimalarial medication he had been taking. Upon his return to the United States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life in a harrowing, absurd, and unforgettable journey back to himself.

[MacLean] is an exceedingly entertaining psychotic . . . [A] raw, honest and beautiful memoir.New York Times

A deeply moving account of amnesia that explores the quandary of the self . . . MacLean has written a memoir that combines the evocative power of William Styrons Darkness Visible, the lyric subtlety of Michael Ondaatjes Running in the Family and the narrative immediacy of a Hollywood action film. He reminds us how we are all always trying to find a version of ourselves that we can live with.Los Angeles Times

DAVID STUART MACLEAN is a PEN/American Awardwinning writer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Ploughshares, and on the radio program This American Life. He has a PhD from the University of Houston and is a cofounder of the Poison Pen Reading Series.

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