"In comic book parlance, the blank space between illustrated panels is called 'the gutter.' It’s in the gutter where the real story comes to light, where time past and time future meet, and where readers turn fragmented images into coherent narratives. In Accomplice to Memory, Q.M. Zhang constructs her own 'gutter' out of an assemblage of aesthetic forms—moving between photography and memoir, history and poetry, and essay and fiction—to artfully excavate the truths behind Zhang’s father’s escape from China and his subsequent life in the US. History is filled with the voiceless and nameless, those who have disappeared into obscurity. Accomplice to Memory works to revive the lost, to memorialize the author’s father and the many thousands who fled the wars that roiled China during the 20th Century."
— Paisley Rekdal, author of Intimate: An American Family Photo Album
"Q.M. Zhang has written one of the great fathers of recent literature, a father too large and restless for a single room. Thus, we have a whole house of him, built of memoir, fiction, documentary, and image. I can think of no other written father so capacious, so indelibly himself. This is dazzling, compassionate work, a book I’ll return to again and again."
— Paul Lisicky, author of The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship
"Accomplice to Memory is a stunning achievement, an exquisitely rendered map to the mysterious territory of history, memory, and the imagination. In her quest to know her self and her family, Q.M. Zhang re-draws the boundaries of memoir, and the result is a moving and genre-bending story that is as universal as it is deeply personal."
— Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being
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