Remind Me Who I Am, Again

Linda Grant

Published: 6 January 2011
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 320 pages
ISBN: 9781847082695


At the beginning of the 1990s, Linda Grant's mother, Rose, was diagnosed with Dementia. In Remind Me Who I Am, Again Linda Grant tells the story of Rose's illness and tries to reconstruct the history of their Jewish immigrant family, stalking them from Russia and Poland to New York and London. Writing with humour and great tenderness, Grant explores profound questions about memory, autonomy and identity, and asks if we can ever really know our parents.

About the author

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Linda Grant was born in Liverpool in February 1951, the child of Russian and Polish Jewish immigrants. She is the author of several works of non-fiction and four novels, including When I Lived in Modern Times, which won the 2000 Orange Prize for fiction. She lives in north London. More about the author


‘An honest inquiry into a family of Jewish immigrants for whom identity was a self-made construct even before memory loss began to chip away at the truth. We can't all identity with this struggle for assimilation but there is so much here I could identify with that I found the book gripping’ Lesley Garner



‘Devastating at its core, this is a memoir brimming with love, honesty and some truly funny moments’ Julie Myerson

‘Grant's account of her mother's dementia takes us on that descent into darkness, further and further from the light of the recognizable ... She offers not just a moving account of an illness, but a delicate, sensitive consideration of the relationship between memory and identity’ Rebecca Abrams

‘This is a beautifully written and rigorously honest book’ Alexander Chancellor

‘This is a book about memory, above all, the memory of a family, and an individual's place in it. It is about the pain of loss of memory, about the creation of it, about the manipulation of it. It is also an occasionally funny book, a sometimes happy book, a history book and a medical book’ Claire Rayner

‘This is a wonderful book about ambivalence, guilt, the role of memory’ Penny Perrick

‘Written with an astonishing lack of self-pity; it is what she does not say about her own feelings that makes this one of the most powerful books I have ever read ... It is heroic’

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