What We're Reading Now
"I'd recommend this book as Ishiguro is one of the premier artists in modern literature."
David Kolb - Books-A-Million, Hattiesburg, MS
It is a world described through the memory of a 31-year-old woman knows only as Kath H. A "carer" for almost 12 years, she will soon become a "donor," tended by a carer of her own until her "completion." She has tried to put thoughts of what she thinks of now as her idyllic past behind her, but lately--partly because her current ward is a woman she has known since childhood, partly because the past will soon be all Kath has--she has stopped resisting the pull of memory.
And so as she makes her solitary rounds as carer, she takes us back to her years at Hailsham--one of many estates for special children--describing seemingly normal scenes of boys and girls growing up together, making and losing friends, getting an education, learning about the opposite sex, discovering the range of their own interests and talents.
But these children are different from the "normals" outside Hailsham's gates; they are clones. And as Kath's memories rise to the surface, they bring with them the dawning, disturbing clarity of hindsight: not only were these children created as organ donors, but despite Hailsham's attempt to protect the innocence of their youth, to nurture them and enrich their lives, their own humanness is not looked upon as a real form of humanity--a profound cruelty brought home to Kath now, in her last grasp at normalcy.