9th Ave: Mark Sarvas and Marie Mockett

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location.



Mark Sarvas discusses his new novel, Memento Park, with Marie Mockett.


Praise for Memento Park


"Mark Sarvas has written a gripping mystery novel about art that is also a powerful meditation on fathers and sons, and the need to face up to the falsehoods spawned by the horror of the past."--Salman Rushdie


"What does the next generation carry forward, and why is it so compelling? In his powerful novel MEMENTO PARK, Mark Sarvas explores the essential questions of history and its burdens and legacies. The gifted novelist Sarvas takes you by the hand and tells you the important story you need to hear." - Min Jin Lee, National Book Award finalist author of Pachinko


"A thrilling, ceaselessly intelligent investigation into the crime known as history."  - Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland and The Dog


About Memento Park


After receiving an unexpected call from the Australian consulate, Matt Santos becomes aware of a painting that he believes was looted from his family in Hungary during the Second World War. To recover the painting, he must repair his strained relationship with his harshly judgmental father, uncover his family history, and restore his connection to his own Judaism. Along the way to illuminating the mysteries of his past, Matt is torn between his girlfriend Tracy and his attorney Rachel, with whom he travels to Budapest to unearth the truth about the painting and, in turn, his family.


As his journey progresses, Matt’s revelations are accompanied by equally consuming and imaginative meditations on the painting and the painter at the center of his personal drama, Budapest Street Scene by Ervin Kálmán. By the time Memento Park reaches its conclusion, Matt’s narrative is as much about family history and father-son dynamics as it is about the nature of art itself, and the infinite ways we come to understand ourselves through it.


Of all the questions asked by Mark Sarvas’s Memento Park―about family and identity, about art and history―a central, unanswerable predicament lingers: How do we move forward when the past looms unreasonably large?




Memento Park: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374206376
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 13th, 2018

One of Entertainment Weekly’s 20 Books to Read in March and one of TimeOuts 11 Books Youll Want to Binge-Read This Month

A son learns more about his father than he ever could have imagined when a mysterious piece of art is unexpectedly restored to him

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393352290
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 18th, 2016

Marie Mutsuki Mockett's family owns a Buddhist temple 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In March 2011, after the earthquake and tsunami, radiation levels prohibited the burial of her Japanese grandfather's bones. As Japan mourned thousands of people lost in the disaster, Mockett also grieved for her American father, who had died unexpectedly.

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