Awaiting trial for the murder of her adopted father in a Zimbabwean prison, an albino woman named Memory must write her story as she remembers it, her only chance to avoid a mandatory death sentence. In crisp, vivid prose, Gappah's debut novel questions the reliability of memory and perception, demonstrating how superstition and prejudice can shape a life.
An albino woman named Memory is languishing in a maximum security prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she has been tried and convicted of murder. As part of her appeal, her lawyer insists that she write down what happened; that is, the events that led to the killing of her adoptive father, Lloyd Hendricks. But who was Lloyd Hendricks? Why does Memory feel no remorse for his death?