The Map of Lost Memories: A Novel

By Kim Fay

2013 Edgar Award Finalist for most sensible First Novel through an American Author

In 1925 the overseas treasure-hunting scene is a man's international, and nobody is familiar with this larger than Irene Blum, who's omitted for a coveted museum curatorship simply because she is a girl. looking to repair her recognition, she units off from Seattle looking for a temple believed to deal with the misplaced heritage of Cambodia's historic Khmer civilization. yet her quest to make the best archaeological discovery of the century quickly turns into a quest for her family's secrets and techniques. Embracing the colourful and corrupt international of colonial Asia within the early 1900s, The Map of misplaced Memories takes readers right into a forgotten period the place not anything is because it seems.  As Irene travels via Shanghai's lawless again streets and Saigon's opium-filled lanes, she joins forces with a Communist temple robber and an interesting nightclub proprietor with a classy earlier. Deep in the humidity-soaked Cambodian jungle, what they create to gentle does greater than switch historical past. It eventually solves the mysteries in their personal lives.
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Praise for The Map of misplaced Memories
"In The Map of misplaced stories, Kim Fay attracts us right into a universe as unique, severe, and traditionally specified because the historical artifacts her unforgettable heroine seeks. it is a deliciously unforeseen trip: Indiana Jones meets Somerset Maugham meets Marguerite Duras."--Jennifer Cody Epstein, writer of The Painter from Shanghai
"A exciting mixture of event and private discovery . . . [Kim] Fay crafts an complicated page-turner that might maintain readers breathless and guessing."--Publishers Weekly
"A ripping strong story . . . mysterious Asian destinations . . . a pushed younger American heroine . . . an period now not remembered yet pale to romantic mind's eye . . . The Map of misplaced Memories pulls the elements jointly in a narrative that intrigues and rewards."--Lincoln magazine Star
"Fay's notable novel has every thing nice historical-adventure fiction should--a strikingly unique environment, exhilarating plot twists, and a near-impossible quest."--Booklist (starred review)

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Whilst she didn’t resolution, he persevered, “Would your fear have whatever to do with this temple you think that is hidden within the jungles of Stung Treng? ” Irene’s droop was once correct, Simone had performed it—given away Irene’s mystery with whole overlook for her emotions. “I locate it attention-grabbing that she informed you in regards to the temple, yet she didn’t say a observe to me approximately your assembly us in Saigon. ” She paused as their beverages arrived, served via a guy whose open-topped turban published his oiled black hair tied right into a Psyche knot. “Why is that, do you feel? ” “She should have identified how you’d reply. ” “What do you suggest? ” “She advised me how dissatisfied you turned in Cholon the day past. You don’t wish me coming with you. I comprehend, certainly. If this have been my discovery, I wouldn’t are looking to percentage it both. yet it’s too overdue, Simone’s already instructed me. I plan to be there if and in the event you locate this temple. ” His presumption was once infuriating. “The scrolls are not—” “Scrolls? ” Louis sounded shocked. “She didn’t tell—” “What scrolls? ” “I thought—” Irene glanced round, flustered, and stuck sight of Simone coming prior the a ways part of the theater into Garnier sq., a sailor addicted to each one arm. Her silver costume shivered with glacial strands of crystal beads. Her jeweled scarf shaped a fallen halo round her hair, and her boots flashed their polished buckles. As she shed the sailors, Louis leaned ahead, drawn via the tether of her procedure. although his eyes have been on Simone, he acknowledged to Irene, “I am going to wish to grasp all approximately those scrolls of yours earlier than the evening is thru. ” Simone didn't seem like a girl who had spent the day at a police station being wondered approximately her husband’s homicide. She solid a haughty gaze round the terrace ahead of settling it on Louis and stating, “I met the main superb Yugoslavian couple down from Shanghai on the gaming tables. They invited me to head dancing with them later on the Cascades. You’d greater be in your top habit, or I’ll sign up for them. ” Louis used to be already up and retaining out a chair for her. “I’ve ordered a bottle of Moët. ” Simone smiled. “That’s an admirable begin. ” With the informality that comes from a life of understanding anyone, he reached out to soft a tendril of hair that had come unfastened from her headscarf, yet she pulled away and snapped at Irene. “Do you recognize what the commissaire had the nerve to assert to me? A snake is powerless with out its fangs. as though i've got performed not anything for the reason. as though i used to be a puppet. as though i used to be now not as able as Roger—no, extra capable—of major the revolution. ” “Forget approximately that,” Louis acknowledged. “It’s long ago. Simone, why didn’t you point out the scrolls to me? ” “You advised him? ” Simone requested Irene, astonished. Irene felt sickened via her sloppiness in assuming Louis knew. “I inspiration you’d already—” “Of path now not. ” Simone was once angry. “I kept that for you. ” “What’s occurring? ” Louis requested. Simone grasped the bottle of champagne, poured a pitcher, and raised it. “We’re going to alter history,” she laughed. “We’re going to make historical past.

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