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Mira Bartok
Mira Bartok

Mira Bartok

Agent: Jennifer Gates

Artist and writer Mira Bartók is the author of The Memory Palace (Free Press 2011), winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and noted in The Best American Essays 1999 and other anthologies. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants for her art and for her writing.

What others are saying

"This moving, compassionately candid memoir by artist and children's book author Bartók describes a life dominated by her gifted but schizophrenic mother...Bartók turns these strangely parallel narratives and overlapping wonders into a haunting, almost patchwork, narrative that lyrically chronicles a complex mother-daughter relationship."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 by Mira Bartok
The Memory Palace
By Mira Bartok | Free Press, 2011

A New York Times Bestseller; Winner: National Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography)

In the tradition of The Glass Castle, two sisters confront schizophrenia in this poignant literary memoir about family and mental illness. Through stunning prose and original art, The Memory Palace captures the love between mother and daughter, the complex meaning of truth, and family's capacity for forgiveness.