Author: Peter Carey
Published: 2014 by Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books
Read: September 2014
Why it made it to the top of the pile: The premise was interesting and topical, and after mixed feelings about Oscar and Lucinda some years ago, it was time to revisit the work of this award-winning author
Full Disclosure: Advance reading copy courtesy the publisher and The Reading Room
Trivia Tidbit: Peter Carey is one of only three authors to have won the Booker Prize twice
The premise is that Felix Moore, a disgraced left-wing political journalist, is given access to the recorded conversations of Gaby and her mother, Celine, with the aim of telling Gaby's side of the story to illicit sympathy in the court of public opinion, to try and derail attempts to have her extradited to the US. There are whispers of conspiracy theories, mob connections, corrupt politicians and radical politics, mixed with environmentalism and teenage angst. While the premise is engaging, the multiple characters and points of view make the story seem cluttered.
Ultimately, there are very few likeable characters in Amnesia. I liked Gaby, but found it difficult to care about the supporting cast. In the end, this coloured my opinion about a novel which could not, in my opinion, decide what it wanted to be.