“The Book of Memory Gaps” Takes an Illustrated Walk Through the Human Mind
If you’re fascinated by art and how the human brain works, you’ll love Cecilia Ruiz’s The Book of Memory Gaps. Although short, the book’s 15 vignettes will capture your imagination as Ruiz shows you what it’s like to live with different neurological disorders. After spending a few minutes in their shoes, you’ll walk away with a great appreciation and compassion for those who suffer from invisible disabilities.
There’s a melancholic air in Ruiz’s words that’s paired with her haunting, dreamy illustrations. Her characters are always portrayed alone, which hints at the isolation that many people with neurological disabilities and mental health issues often feel. While funny and offbeat at times, Ruiz’s novel ultimately forces you to realize how difficult it is to manage a disability when it’s your very brain that is “broken.” But instead of rudely putting people with disabilities on display, The Book of Memory Gaps offers explanations. It won’t answer all your questions, but it’ll leave you feeling enlightened.