Memory Piece: A Novel
Claire's Staff Pick: Spring 2024
About the Author
Lisa Ko is the author of the nationally bestselling novel The Leavers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and the PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Ko’s short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and her essays and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times and The Believer.
Praise for Memory Piece: A Novel
Praise for Memory Piece:
"A moving, strikingly evocative exploration of New York's art, tech, and activism scenes across the decades."–Vogue, "Best Books of 2024"
"Lisa Ko has brought us one of those rare, sumptuous tales of art and friendship that feels both universal and inimitable."–Elle, "Best (and Most Anticipated) Fiction Books of 2024"
"The novel serves as an archive of our past and a vision for what’s to come, hauntingly beautiful in a way that’s both nostalgic and dystopian. In essence, Memory Piece is about the power of remembering, especially when it’s painful.”–Booklist
“Ko spans past, present, and future with the astute story of three Asian American women from the New York City tristate area over the course of their lives…A worthy follow-up to Ko’s striking debut.” –Publishers Weekly
“Wild and wonderful, punk and propulsive, Memory Piece is about three friends growing from girlhood into a sinister new world. It is about authenticity, surveillance, capitalism, queerness, and the internet. It is about—it is—everything.” –Julia Phillips, National Book Award finalist author of The Disappearing Earth
“Evocative and luminous. Ko once again introduces us to people we want to know deeply, then as always, delivers that and beyond. A glorious writer.”—Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winning author of Red at the Bone
“Remarkable . . . vividly captures the urgency of youth, and becomes a heartbreaking elegy for a communal, almost utopian approach to urban life.” –Rumaan Alam, National Book Award finalist for Leave the World Behind
“Dazzlingly inventive and knowing, Memory Piece is a bold and affecting novel about resistance, solidarity, and friendship.”—Dana Spiotta, National Book Award finalist and author of Eat the Document
“A group portrait of three women who wrest meaning from a world that is closing down around them, Memory Piece is bright with defiance, intelligence, and stubborn love. To spend time with these characters is a gift.” —C Pam Zhang, bestselling author of How Much of These Hills is Gold