Instructor Mark Sarvas’s new novel, Memento Park, was released this week, and has been featured in Publishers Weekly and The Washington Post. Memento Park is the story about a man’s attempt to recover a painting that may have been looted from his family during the Second World War. In the process, he will confront the question: How do we move forward when the past looms unreasonably large? Salman Rushdie called it “gripping” and Joseph O’Neill called it “thrilling, ceaselessly intelligent.”

On working with the Writers’ Program, Mark says, “I have always been grateful to all the fine students I have worked with in the Writers’ Program. The opportunity to read and comment on student work for years has vastly improved my own skills as a self-editor; without them, Memento Park would not be the novel that it is. There’s nothing more satisfying than having deep, close conversations about how a work of fiction is put together.”

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