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The Colorado Review on Shun Medoruma's "In the Woods of Memory"

Intern Intern - Monday, November 27, 2017

In his beautifully insightful review of Shun Medoruma's novel In the Woods of Memoryliterary critic Eric Maroney of the Colorado Review lauds the book as a "layered, textured novel [that] throws into stark relief the interconnections between experience and memory, and the enduring nature of trauma."

He goes on to perceptively note: "In the end, the title of Medoruma’s accomplished novel is telling: the woods of memory are a thicket filled with the overwhelming guilt of human helplessness. This is a dark conclusion, but the author suggests that by the telling and retelling of a great trauma, the stage is set for a wider sense of redemption."  

Read Maroney's full book review here:



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