The Memory Palace is a difficult and strange book to read. The book is a memoir of Mira Bartok’s relationship with her mentally ill mother. It begins at the end of her mother’s life and then goes through the author’s life with her mother in a semi-chronological way. She uses short passages from her mother’s diary to illustrate her mother’s madness and also, how she cared about her children in her own cloudy way. It is not an easy book to read especially for anyone who is or has a mother. In order to have any sort of normal life, both the author and her sister have to hide from their mother because her mother physically threatens them. Even though the author is in engulfed in sadness about her mother, the book conveys she still feels her mother’s love. She still responds to that, in some ways, in spite of herself. There is a poignant death scene at the end, a feeling that the author and her sister were able to have some kind of closure with the situation.