The Impossible Knife of Memory
The difference between forgetting something and not remembering it is big enough to drive an eighteen-wheeler through.
When Hayley’s father decides their family of two will stop being nomads so Hayley can have a real senior year in the town where her dad grew up, she’s not sure what to think. Life on the road has been safer, better for her dad’s PTSD, and free from the tyranny of high school. As her dad’s bad spells become more frequent, Hayley spends more time with an interesting new classmate, Finn. But her new friends start asking questions – questions that Hayley can’t answer without betraying her family’s painful past. Can she keep things under control at home and at school? Or will she succumb to the rising tide of buried memories and repressed history?
This best-selling novel by 2017 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers’ Literature winner Laurie Halse Anderson explores the reaches of family loyalty during crisis. The Impossible Knife of Memory asks readers to engage with complicated questions to which there are no easy answers. An exquisite and harrowing narrative of the harsh aftermath of war on soldiers and their families, this book resonates with readers who want a realistic depiction of PTSD in a family – but also a beautifully told story.
Laurie Halse Anderson
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