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Kennedy (Spinsters) turns in a surprisingly bittersweet novel with science fiction overtones and a delicious premise: what if you could relive your past—highlights only? Win Duncan, a history professor at a small New Hampshire college, gets the opportunity when old college buddy Phil Litminov, now a hotshot entrepreneur and maverick investor, calls with a vague but enthusiastic offer to help test a new drug called Mem. Burned out at 40 and drifting away from his wife, Edie, Win's only passion is a book he's writing about Thomas De Quincey, the infamous author of Confessions of an English Opium Eater. But even this passion is fading and easily outweighed by the desire to revisit his days of Columbia grad school stardom. Mem turns out to be more than Win expects, and the plot thickens with Phil's disappearance, the threatened disintegration of Win's marriage and a hookup with Phil's most wounded and vulnerable subject. Kennedy's easy style masks a fierce intelligence and painstaking artistry in this melancholy midlife crisis-with-a-twist. (July)
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About the Author

Pagan Kennedy is the author of seven books. The most recent, Black Livingstone, was a New York Times Notable Book and a winner of the Massachusetts Book Award. Her novel Spinsters won a Barnes & Noble Discover Award and was short-listed for Great Britain's Orange Prize. Her articles appear regularly in The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Spin, and Salon.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Leapfrog Press (June 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972898484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972898485
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,186,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just found out about Pagan Kennedy's new book when I read the great review it received in Entertainment Weekly. The review was right, Confessions of a Memory Eater is a real page turner that is actually about something of substance. It is about more than just our memory alone but really about how we view and understand our lives, the expectations of our younger selves and the reality of where we are later in life. The story of Win Duncan's drug experience is really the story of so many of us who reach that age where we look back and say, "what happened? what went wrong? what went right? and if only I could sleep with that woman again!" And with all that, it's just a great read, I actually did read part of it on the beach, perfect summer book. Kennedy is simply one of the best contemporary American writers. I highly recommend it and wish more people were reading work from writers like her rather than a lot of the formulaic fiction churned out year after year.
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Kennedy's characters remind us of ourselves, finding their way to the other side of loss and longing. In these dark times of war, her novel reminds us that thoughtfulness and human connection, above all, can save us. CONFESSIONS is a fun read and an engaging story about the past and present. So engaged was I in Win's journey, I couldn't put the book down until I had finished! Definitely a book with--and about--substance(s).
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Is Pagan Kennedy's "Confessions of a Memory Eater" a work of literature or a trashy novel? Can it be both? First, don't expect realistic dialogue in it. Ms. Kennedy is no Elmo Leonard. Nor do we find memorable characters or much suspense. She's no Michael Connelly either. Instead, the style vaguely mimics Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas de Quincey, although it's strangely reminiscent of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, too.

What the novel does have to recommend it is its depiction of drug use, and one suspects that Ms. Kennedy may have some close experience with this. I haven't read any of the many confessional books where some liar tells how his life was ruined by dope, nor do I intend to, but this book gets the feeling of addiction spot on.

The novel's description of a fabulous new drug called Memory, or Mem, is not spectacular, but it must be realized that drug addicts and alcoholics do not crave any substance to get high, they take the drug to feel normal. A junky craves a "fix" -- fix, as in repair or correct -- and obtaining one is ironically called "getting straight." (I once heard a story from an ex-cop about his first day on the job. He was paired with a veteran who, once they left the station, had the rookie drive to a certain tavern. The old cop's hands were trembling violently, and as soon as they walked in, the bartender set up three shot glasses and filled each with whiskey. The veteran cop quickly downed each shot, and after that he was o.k.
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Seriously, this is the fourth of her books I have read and I did it in one sitting. De Quincy gets a much needed update, the story itself is such a cool idea. Her last book, Black Livingstone, is just as good as this one, and it is non-fiction! Confessions of a Memory Eater is as good as her novel The Exes which was funny and bold at the same time. I'm telling you, there are probably not three other American woman writers who have written this many good books. Kennedy writes urgent books with complete characters. Save the Joyce Carol Oates for when you retire.
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