My Memory Told Me a Secret

Nothing hurts quite as meticulously as loving someone who doesn’t love you back.

Career-driven, sometimes cynical Austin meets Noah Hakim, a Muslim man from the other side of town.  One man wants it to work. The other doesn’t know what he wants, except to find the next high. Set in the months before and after a 30-something discovers that his partner has infected him with HIV, this book explores the inexplicable feelings that accompany the disintegration of relationships and the connection between cultural memory and identity.

My Memory Told Me a Secret is about the power of choice and the impact of culture, class, and socioeconomic status on two men whose lives intersect in devastating ways.

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Advanced Praise and Reviews

‘Hard-hitting prose enhances this potent narrative in a seemingly effortless depiction of real life. Every direct word builds on the novel’s precarious foundation, a slow progression into an awakening for both protagonists when their relationship crumbles.’ — The BookLife Prize

‘An outstanding work of contemporary fiction … written with great empathy and keen observation.’ — SPR

‘Following an emotional breakup with a younger, troubled man, an STI screening reveals Austin has contracted HIV. This book is as much an account of the relationship fallout and the aftermath of the diagnosis as it is an examination of misunderstandings between two men from vastly different backgrounds.’ — Elizabeth Wenger, Manhattan Book Review

‘Donato does not shy away from the raw and powerfully emotive truths … a highly recommended read for fans of deep personal dramas and social commentary in fiction.’ — K.C. Finn, Readers’ Favorite