A highly anticipated debut novel tackling questions of race, sexuality, and identity.
"My Memory Told Me a Secret" is about the power of choice and the impact of culture, class, and socioeconomic status on two men whose lives intersect in devastating ways.
Career-driven, sometimes cynical Austin meets Noah Hakim, a Muslim man from the other side of town. One man wants it to work. The other doesn’t know what he wants, except to find the next high. Set in the months before and after a 30-something discovers that his partner has infected him with HIV, this book explores the inexplicable feelings that accompany the disintegration of relationships and the connection between cultural memory and identity.
The SPR said: "An astounding work of contemporary fiction...written with great empathy and keen observation."
Manhattan Book Review said: "This book is as much an account of the relationship fallout and the aftermath of the diagnosis as it is an examination of misunderstandings between two men from vastly different backgrounds."
Readers’ Favorite said: "Donato does not shy away from the raw and powerfully emotive truths...masterfully woven into action and dialogue."
"My Memory Told Me a Secret" is a powerful exploration into some of the important questions of our time: How much does society determine who we become? Can someone who has always felt lonely and found it difficult to relate to others ever be able to learn to trust? This is a novel about the sins of the past and the struggle to atone.
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