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Poet Natasha Trethewey remembers her mother’s horrific murder

'Memorial Drive'

‘Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir,’ by Natasha Trethewey, Ecco, 2020, 214 pages, $29.99

Two epigraphs at the beginning of “Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir” provide moving signposts through this heartfelt and heartbreaking homage to her mother by poet Natasha Trethewey. 

The first of the epigraphs is taken from John Banville’s exquisite 2005 novel “The Sea”: “The past beats inside me like a second heart.” The second is from philosopher Martin Buber: “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”