The Memory Stones
Buenos Aires, 1976. Osvaldo Ferrero, a distinguished doctor, and his wife Yolanda escape the city with their daughters, sensible Julieta and wilful Graciela, who is nineteen and madly in love. On their return, the Argentine military stages a coup. Friends disappear overnight, and Osvaldo is forced to flee to Europe. When her fiance is abducted, Graciela goes into hiding, then she vanishes in turn. As Yolanda fights on the ground for some trace of their beloved daughter, she soon realises she may be fighting for an unknown grandchild as well...
A compelling tale of a young woman's disappearance in 1970s Argentina, The Memory Stones is a sweeping, epic story of a family tragedy whose consequences echo throughout generations
The story honors the heroism of the mothers and grandmothers of the missing ... The first half is tense and dramatic, yet the story becomes truly remarkable later on Booklist Brothers, who as a journalist spent time in Latin America, is at her best capturing the pitched atmosphere of Buenos Aires as the coup unfolds ... Enjoyable Kirkus Reviews A sublimely told and heartbreaking story. While devastating in its depiction of the depths to which humanity can sink, its evocative language and splendid characters make it a pleasure to read Better Reading Heart-wrenching ... a story all of us should read Daily Mail on Hinterland A moving account ... Brothers' elegant prose holds sentimentality at bay, complementing some impressive reportage Financial Times Intensely evocative ... Impressively accomplished Independent An illuminating and timely story ... a book that haunts and shames in equal measure Guardian There is poetry on every page, as well as pity, and the poetry is not always in the pity but in the joy of being alive on this earth Irish Times
Caroline Brothers was born in Australia. She has a PhD in history from University College London and has worked as a foreign correspondent in Europe and Latin America, and as a journalist at the International New York Times. She is the author of War and Photography, and the novel Hinterland. She divides her time between London and Paris. carolinebrothers.com @CaroBrothers