Author(s): Caroline Brothers
Buenos Aires, 1976. Osvaldo Ferrero and his wife Yolanda escape the city's heat with their daughters, sensible Julieta and wilful Graciela, who is nineteen and madly in love. They will be the last days the family ever spends together.
On their return to Buenos Aires, the Argentine military stages a coup. Friends vanish overnight, and Osvaldo, too, is forced to flee. When Graciela herself is abducted, Osvaldo can only witness the disintegration of his family from afar, while Yolanda fights on the ground for some trace of their beloved daughter. Soon, she realises they may be fighting for an unknown grandchild as well.
The Memory Stones tells the story of the Disappeared, thousands of Argentinians who fell victim to the violence of the period. Depicting the despair and hope of one family as it seeks to rebuild after unimaginable loss, it is a devastating portrait of a country that has come face to face with terror, and the long dark shadow it leaves behind.
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