Tell Me an Ending


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$18.99  $17.66
Scribner Book Company
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5.2 X 7.8 X 1.4 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Jo Harkin studied literature at university. She daydreamed her way through various jobs in her twenties before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Berkshire, England, and Tell Me an Ending is her first novel.


"We're in the hands of a writer with a literary long view... Harkin seizes the opportunity to subvert expectation... An excellent first work by a promising new author." -Locus "A cleverly conceived and wonderfully executed ensemble piece: intriguing, frightening, witty and humane." -Wall Street Journal "Sharply, beautifully written and punctuated with wry, slanted asides, Tell Me an Ending is one of the most sophisticated works of science fiction I've read recently. It's full of tender portraits of people who aren't inherently admirable or great-people who are bitter, jealous, anxious, taciturn-as they navigate the core question of who they are, with or without their memories. But there's a deeper question, too, subtle as a pulse beneath each chapter's skin: Where does memory live? Is it a node of synapses in the brain, or is it something more distributed-something in the stories we inherit, the stories we choose, the stories we choose to leave behind?" -Amal El-Mohtar, New York Times Book Review "Revelations regarding identity, grief, and secrets prove to be both liberating and devastating." -Esquire "As thought-provoking as it is suspenseful." -CrimeReads "A thrilling dystopian masterpiece. . . . unputdownable." -The Daily Hive "An intriguing debut. . . . Harkin boldly imagines an eerily plausible present and masterfully probes several characters. . . . a thrilling speculative novel." -Shelf Awareness (starred review) "This high-concept debut asks an interesting question: What if we could edit our memories? . . . Harkin builds a picture of a world radically altered by a controversial technology and of people who are learning that you can't change the past without impacting the present. An intellectually and emotionally satisfying thriller." -Booklist "A richly imagined debut. Harkin keeps the plot tight and times her reveals effectively. It adds up to a smart speculative outing." -Publishers Weekly "Intriguing and compelling. . . . Interconnected storylines all arrive at the same conclusion: Messing with memory is messy business." -Kirkus Reviews "An Important novel. . . . Jo Harkin does a masterful job. . . . this mind-bending debut will certainly make you think." -Book Reporter