REMEMBER ME IS the fictional memoir of a version whose mind has been smashed to pieces by a hard and comfortless upbringing. It is not for the faint-hearted: there is little joy to be found in the history of Lillian Patricia &chards (also known as Winifred Foy) who, we learn from an introductory note, is ‘inspired by’ a real person. Trezza Azzopardi describes – indeed, inhabits – her protagonist with extraordinary empathy, but cleverly tells this piteous tale without sentiment. Lillian is wretched: hateful, savage, broken-hearted, and Azzopardi’s healthy disregard for the reader’s approval makes the book a harrowing but impressive read.
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