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Memory Box

An Afternoon with Eva Lesko Natiello, Memory Box Author

Thursday November 12, 2015
2:00 PM
What would you do if you Googled yourself and discovered something shocking? Eva Lesko Natiello, author of the award winning debut novel The Memory Box about a woman who Googles herself and discovers the shocking details of a past she doesn’t remember, will discuss her book for a meeting of the National Society of Arts and Letters.

In this gripping ripped-from-the-headlines thriller, privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid them. She’s relieved to hear that her name appears only twice, citing her philanthropy. A delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to Google her maiden name—which none of the others know.  The hits cascade like a tsunami. Caroline’s terrified by what she reads: an obituary for her sister, JD. With every click, the revelations grow more alarming. Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia — upending her blissful family life — desperate to prove these allegations false before someone discovers they’re true.

“A New York Times article I read about a California teenager who Googled himself and discovered he was on a missing persons list in Canada, was the impetus for The Memory Box,” explains author Natiello. “He didn’t know he was a victim of parental abduction,” she adds. “I was fascinated with the possibility you may not know everything about yourself.”

The Memory Box, a recipient of the Houston Writers Guild 2014 Manuscript award, is the newest release from the hottest genre today—the marriage thriller—described as “psychological page-turners that subvert the happily-ever-after formula of classic chic lit—hence their other moniker, “chic noir”—turning the mundanity of the domestic sphere into a hotbed of betrayal, secrets, and lies.” (Lucy Scholes of The Daily Beast)

“I especially love this genre of thrillers because they hit closest to home, both literally and figuratively, and are the most unsettling because of that. The Memory Box, like the other thrillers in this genre, like The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty and The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison, exposes the age-old fear of ‘how well do you know your spouse?’ at a time when everything is seemingly knowable.

Join us for an afternoon of fascinating discussion with author Eva Lesko Natiello. The program is sponsored by the National Society of Arts and Letters and the general public is welcome.

Photo of Eva Lesko NatielloBio

Eva Lesko Natiello is an award winning author and graduate of The State University of New York at Albany with a degree in psychology.  Her professional experience includes Estee Lauder VP of Public Relations and Communications.  Ms. Natiello is a native of Yonkers, New York and currently lives and writes in suburban N.J., which provides the setting for the fictional town in her debut novel, The Memory Box. Ms. Natiello also writes humor and essays which have appeared on, The Huffington Post, The Mid, Sammiches and Psych Meds and upcoming in New Jersey Monthly. Her short story, The Wordsmith, was a finalist in The Writer Magazine 2012 Best Short Story.

About the NSAL

Founded in 1944, The National Society of Arts and Letters is a non-profit organization that assists promising young artists through arts competitions, scholarships and other career opportunities. Stars such as Shirley MacLaine and Jessye Norman have been past NSAL award winners. 


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