Anna P lives on an island off the coast of Italy but can no longer remember how she got there. She came from South Africa but has almost no memories of the place or people there. The only person she has any real relationship with is a sex worker whom she pays by the hour. It is only when she begins to connect emotionally with a young boy thrust into her care that she finds some value in herself, some place which she will not allow to be abused, and her gradually changes.
This meticulously crafted, atmospheric debut novel asks a number of difficult questions about the nature of memory. Who are we if we lose our memories? What does it mean to have no identity?
And if we have no identity, no sense of ourselves, can we still make ethical choices?