My Memory Told Me a Secret

Fiction - LGBTQ
280 Pages
Reviewed on 07/24/2019
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Author Biography

Jeremy C Bradley-Silverio Donato is the author of Virginia Woolf and The Judicial Imagination, a monograph based on his doctoral research. My Memory Told Me a Secret is his first novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

My Memory Told Me a Secret is a work of social issues-based fiction focusing on LGBTQ themes and was penned by author Jeremy C Bradley-Silverio Donato. Written for adults due to its sometimes explicit language and some sexual references, this harrowing interpersonal drama begins when we meet Austin and Noah. The tumults and complexities of their relationship come to a head when Austin discovers he has contracted HIV, which in turn sets off a journey of emotional suffering, the breakdown of relationships, and a deep exploration of what it means to live with the condition and its effects on a person’s identity.

Author Jeremy C Bradley-Silverio Donato does not shy away from the raw and powerfully emotive truths about living with a devastating condition like HIV. His narration allows you into the minds of the two main protagonists, particularly Austin during his discovery and the fallout from the revelation. It’s interesting to see the impact which society and judgments around the two men have on both their relationship and their personal feelings about each other, and this aspect is masterfully woven into action and dialogue rather than being thrown at you and disrupting the reading experience. Attention to detail is also key, painting beautiful word pictures that often juxtapose the harrowing emotional moments which are happening, and give all those little touches which make a story seem truly real. Overall, My Memory Told Me a Secret is a highly recommended read for fans of deep personal dramas and social commentary in fiction.