By: Ondaatje, Michael
Call #: Fiction Ondaa.M
As an adult, Nathaniel tries to recover his memories and what they meant from his childhood during WWII. First deserted by their father and then their mother, Nathaniel and his sister Rachel, are left in the house with a stranger who is to care for them. Bit by bit, the house fills with shady, unexpected characters and though the children are not left on their own, they become somewhat feral, learning bits of philosophy and criminality from their house’s inhabitants. Later, after the war, when their mother returns with no explanations or excuses, Rachel angrily leaves and Nathaniel starts his efforts to retrace his and his sister’s lives and that of their mother from the time they were separated, employing subterfuge, invention, and his vague memories.