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In the Memorial Room
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Harry Gill, a moderately successful writer of historical fiction, has been awarded the annual Watercress-Armstrong Fellowship--a 'living memorial' to the poet, Margaret Rose Hurndell. He arrives in the small French village of Menton, where Hurndell once lived and worked, to write. But the Memorial Room is not suitable--it has no electricity or water. Hurndell never wrote here, though it is expected of Harry. Janet Frame's previously unpublished novel draws on her own experiences in Menton, France as a Katherine Mansfield Fellow. It is a wonderful social satire, a send-up of the cult of the dead author, and--in the best tradition of Frame--a fascinating exploration of the complexity and the beauty of language.
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Janet Frame is one of New Zealand's greatest writers. Born in Dunedin in 1924, she published twenty-one books in her lifetime and several posthumously. Her autobiographical work An Angel at My Table was made into a television series by Jane Campion in 1990. Janet Frame died in 2004.

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"This short, funny and often beautifully written novel -- completed in the early 1970s but just now being published -- provides an excellent occasion for remembering the weird wisdom and genuine talent of Janet Frame."--Scott Bradfield, The New York Times, Sunday Book Review "[T]his book is marvelous experimental fiction...Frame's sentences are marvels, winding like narrow alleys through hill towns: They open spectacular vistas...Brilliant."--Kirkus, Starred Review "[T]he story is also a beautifully crafted artistic and philosophical creation that explores the nature of communication and exposes Frame's love of language...this is a terrific introduction to an original writer who deserves her own serious league of fans. Recommended for all fiction collections."--Library Journal

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