Memoria tells the seemingly ordinary story of a woman overwhelmed by grief when her lover abandons her. The loss opens an old wound some twenty years ago Emma's teenage sister vanished without a trace. Soon Emma will meet another man, but the return to joy is painfully slow. Rarely has the loss of love, as well as the subtle dislocation of a family hit by tragedy, been evoked more poignantly than in this luminous novel. In Memoria's multi-layered narrative, the reader is irresistibly drawn into the slow reconstruction of Emma's outer and inner world, a world of dizzying sensuality, deep sadness, bewitchingly beautiful images, and, ultimately, "the small circle of new beginnings."
Louise Dupre is the author of eight collections of poetry. She was twice nominated for the Governor General's Award for Poetry. In addition, she has written a book of literary criticism. Her first novel, La memoria, published in Montreal in 1996 to critical acclaim, won the Prix de la Societe des Ecrivains canadiens (section de Montreal), as well as the Prix Ringuet awarded by the Academie des lettres du Quebec, and is now in its fourth printing. Louise Dupre teaches literature and creative writing at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, where, from 1995 to 1998, she was editor-in-chief of Voix et images, an internationally known review of Quebecois literature.