The Memory of Animals


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$27.95  $25.99
Tin House Books
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5.88 X 8.78 X 1.0 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Claire Fuller is the author of Our Endless Numbered Days, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize; Swimming Lessons; Bitter Orange; and Unsettled Ground, which won the Costa Novel Award and was a finalist for the Women's Prize for Fiction. She has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Winchester and lives in Hampshire with her husband.


A fascinating and suspenseful story of shame, penance, and survival.-- "Bustle"
Between wanting to do the right thing and the vortex of mistakes from the past there is a real place, one woven from danger and desire. Claire Fuller's riveting novel, The Memory of Animals, creates a world within a world where a young woman marine biologist faces off with a global pandemic and the hopes for a vaccine by diving into her own past. She might retrieve some fragment that could secure self-preservation as well as--if not humanity, then at least the human heart.--Lidia Yuknavitch, author of Thrust
Claire Fuller is my favorite storyteller. I read The Memory of Animals in one sitting, swept up by the thriller-like pace and the sheer joy of reading a great story. Yet, in the book's aftermath, I was haunted by Neffy's fumbling humanity in the face of loss and fear, and how courage isn't always obvious--even to those who find it. Fuller's books come in at the eyes, but they settle right behind the heart.--Melanie Finn, author of The Hare
Claire Fuller is a fascinating writer, and The Memory of Animals is further evidence of her powers. Her story is one of survival, but her subject is humanity itself. With immense skill, she shines a light on the dark heart of our existence--the beauty and brutality of human behavior. An unforgettable novel.--Kathleen MacMahon, author of The Home Scar
Makes us ponder what we owe each other as humans.-- "Booklist"
No mere survival story, the novel explores the isolation and grief that comes with outliving the people with whom you have unfinished business.-- "The Philadelphia Inquirer, A Best Book of June"
Brings to mind Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven and Sequoia Nagamatsu's How High We Go in the Dark.-- "LitHub, A Best SciFi & Fantasy Book of June"
Stands out in the new wave of pandemic literature in the ways it captures the emotional toll of isolation.. . . Fuller has created a heartwarming portrait of what it means to find hope at the end of the world and carry on, not only for those you lost, but for those you found in the aftermath.-- "West Trade Review"
Brisk, lucid.... The Memory of Animals is at its most powerful when it functions like a kind of Covid Revisitor for readers, evoking subtler memories of uncertainty, freedom, and enclosure--of trying, when all else is stripped away, to figure out what we owe one another.-- "Southern Humanities Review"
A haunting novel of second chances.-- "Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"
Infused with both surprise and recognition, The Memory of Animals looks at the impossible choices sometimes required for survival.-- "Electric Literature, Best Small Press Books of Summer"
The Memory of Animals has done the impossible--made me eagerly anticipate a novel that involves a pandemic in the year 2023. It's also got: experimental technology that allows users to revisit their memories, marine biology, and promises to be an immersive, thought-provoking, and haunting-in-a-good-way literary masterwork.-- "Powell's"
A thrilling departure from our reality.-- "Good Housekeeping"
Fuller excels in examining the everyday moments at the heart of a life. . . . A memorable meditation on how the human struggle to survive in captivity is not so different than that of our animal kin.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Full of jeopardy and strangeness, but also laced with Fuller's trademark generosity and compassion, a startling and satisfying book.--Julie Myerson, author of Nonfiction
Stunning. . . . Sobering and evocative, The Memory of Animals is a novel about who we choose to be when the lights go out.-- "Foreword Reviews, Starred Review"
Haunting and unsettling, moving and thoughtful--with horror lurking at the edges--this is a subtle, elegant novel, an interesting and unusual take on the meaning of pandemic. Claire Fuller is a huge talent.--Lucy Atkins, author of Windmill Hill
When Fuller releases something, you should probably pay attention. This dystopia is giving off thriller vibes with its pandemic reality, the complications of squid, and survival.-- "Independent Book Review"
Compelling. . . . Riveting. . . . long-time Fuller readers will relish this completely engrossing story, which questions what we value most.-- "Library Journal, Starred Review"
An unsettling search for survival.-- "Tor"
Claire Fuller is such an interesting and original writer and takes on complex themes with such a cool, clear eye. In The Memory of Animals she has produced another literary page-turner. The collision between altruism and the survival instinct at the heart of the book is brilliantly dramatized and her disturbing vision of post-pandemic moral collapse is compulsive and thoroughly convincing. Terrific!--Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures
Imagine a 'Lord of the Flies' where everyone on the island has opted in; or a 'Breakfast Club' where anyone who leaves dies. . . . It's a neat trick that Fuller pulls off, weaving together so many familiar threads, from the post-pandemic storyline to the extremity-in-isolation scenario to the life story reconceived under duress, and yet coming up with a new and promising pattern--an authorial performance in keeping with her generous character.-- "The Washington Post"
A book of survival, consequences and connection.-- "The Boston Globe, A Best Book of Summer"