The Answer to the Riddle is Me

The Tale of Amnesia

by David Stuart MacLean

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“I was chasing myself, hoping that I could reconstruct enough of a working resemblance to that old self to slip back into. It was like building a plane while flying it.”

IMAGINE WAKING UP IN A CROWDED TRAIN STATION IN INDIA WITH NO IDEA WHO YOU ARE OR HOW YOU GOT THERE…

At twenty-eight years old, David Stuart MacLean woke up in a foreign land with his memory wiped clean. No money. No passport. No identity.

Taken to a mental hospital by the police, who thought he was a drug addict, MacLean started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. Soon, he could remember song lyrics and scenes from television shows, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he loved. All of these symptoms, he discovered, were the result of the commonly prescribed anti-malarial medication he was taking. Upon his return to the United States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life. This memoir reveals that harrowing, frequently absurd and unforgettable journey.

The Answer to the Riddle is Me confronts and celebrates the dark mysterious depths of our psyches and the myriad of ways we are all unknowable…especially to ourselves.

 

“Mesmerizing...written in vivid, blooming detail.”
Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
“A gripping medical mystery, a heartwarming personal journey, and a chilling indictment of the commonly prescribed drug that upended MacLean's life – but left his superb literary skills very much intact.”
Rebecca Skloot

About David Stuart MacLean

David MacLean author photo Heather Eidson“I was chasing myself, hoping that I could reconstruct enough of a working resemblance to that old self to slip back into. It was like building a plane while flying it.” IMAGINE WAKING UP IN A CROWDED TRAIN STATION IN [...]