Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: The Binding (February 2019)

By Bridget Collins

February 13, 2019

Imagine you could erase your grief.  Imagine you could forget your pain.  Imagine you could hide a secret.  Forever.

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship.  He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory.  If there’s something you want to forget, he can help.  If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist.  Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded.

Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.

 

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