The Map of Lost Memories: A Novel

By Kim Fay

2013 Edgar Award Finalist for top First Novel through an American Author

In 1925 the overseas treasure-hunting scene is a man's global, and nobody knows this greater than Irene Blum, who's omitted for a coveted museum curatorship simply because she is a girl. trying to restoration her recognition, she units off from Seattle looking for a temple believed to deal with the misplaced heritage of Cambodia's old Khmer civilization. yet her quest to make the best archaeological discovery of the century quickly turns into a quest for her family's secrets and techniques. Embracing the colourful and corrupt global of colonial Asia within the early 1900s, The Map of misplaced Memories takes readers right into a forgotten period the place not anything is because it seems.  As Irene travels via Shanghai's lawless again streets and Saigon's opium-filled lanes, she joins forces with a Communist temple robber and an exciting nightclub proprietor with a classy prior. Deep in the humidity-soaked Cambodian jungle, what they carry to gentle does greater than swap heritage. It finally solves the mysteries in their personal lives.
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"In The Map of misplaced thoughts, Kim Fay attracts us right into a universe as unique, extreme, and traditionally certain because the historical artifacts her unforgettable heroine seeks. it is a deliciously unforeseen trip: Indiana Jones meets Somerset Maugham meets Marguerite Duras."--Jennifer Cody Epstein, writer of The Painter from Shanghai
 
"A exciting mixture of event and private discovery . . . [Kim] Fay crafts an tricky page-turner that might maintain readers breathless and guessing."--Publishers Weekly
 
"A ripping solid story . . . mysterious Asian destinations . . . a pushed younger American heroine . . . an period now not remembered yet light to romantic mind's eye . . . The Map of misplaced Memories pulls the parts jointly in a narrative that intrigues and rewards."--Lincoln magazine Star
 
"Fay's impressive novel has every little thing nice historical-adventure fiction should--a strikingly unique environment, exhilarating plot twists, and a near-impossible quest."--Booklist (starred review)

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Final week, Professor Howard had officially introduced his retirement, and the day before today he’d advised Irene that the trustees desired to meet together with her this present day at 3. There will be just one explanation for this. It nonetheless surprised her, that sooner than the age of thirty she used to be going to arrive her life’s target of changing into the 1st girl head curator of an enormous American museum. Euphoria gripped her as she heard footsteps coming down the hall. Professor Howard leaned into her open doorway. He was once, as continually, matted, his blouse half-untucked and his wispy, grizzled hair wanting a minimize. He smiled. “They’re the following. ” Irene grinned again, and whilst she reached him, she squeezed his hand. “You’ve been beneficiant to an previous pupil these types of years,” he stated, tightening his hands round hers. “You deserve this. ” jointly they moved quickly up the again stairs, not only out of pleasure yet to flee the freezing chilly of the hallways. In a jersey costume and matching cardigan, Irene used to be no longer attired for January. more often than not through the wintry weather months, she wore heavy wool skirts and sweaters to paintings, yet this present day it used to be necessary to glance the half she used to be approximately to take—slightly Continental, with a imprecise bohemian professionalism she had chanced on that males popular in ladies who dealt in artwork. whilst Irene and the professor entered the small boardroom, the trustees have been already seated on the finish of the U-shaped desk, with their backs to a pane window that exposed the dingy wintry weather gloom over Portage Bay. at the downward aspect of heart age, the 3 males have been approximately interchangeable, trees and transport barons who wore the surplus in their prosperity in buffed fingernails and plump jowls, their well-tended paunches no longer particularly hidden inside of expensively adapted matches. Encircled by way of work of art of Seattle’s Klondike gold rush increase, within which they'd figured prominently, they rose from their leather-based chairs and tipped their grey heads to recognize Irene’s arrival. “Good afternoon, Mr. Lundstrom,” she acknowledged, “Mr. Quinn, Mr. Ferber. ” It used to be basically as Irene entire addressing the boys that she spotted one other one status off to the facet. He was once tall and wide, along with his hair greased down like Valentino’s. even if he used to be Irene’s age, he was once wearing the fashion well-liked by boys on collage campuses round the nation, in a dismal jacket that contrasted together with his dishevelled, cream-colored Oxford trousers. What was once Marshall Cabot doing the following? She glanced on the professor, yet he used to be essentially as stunned as she was once by means of Marshall’s presence. even if she had recognized the trustees because she used to be a lady, she couldn't learn their expressions. Carl Lundstrom cleared his throat. “Irene, i feel you recognize Marshall. ” a touch of pressure in Mr. Lundstrom’s tone became Irene’s interest to unease. certainly, she did be aware of him. Marshall had studied paintings historical past on the Sorbonne, and had written his master’s thesis on archival innovations. His time at Paris’s Musée Indochinois du Trocadéro have been spent getting to know casts and plans introduced again through the de Lagrée challenge from Angkor Wat.

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