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May 2, 2024

‘potent and compulsive novel’
This Is How You Remember It
is published today by Canongate to rave reviews

Catherine Prasifka’s

An Irish Times Fiction Book To Look Out For In 2024

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A potent and compulsive novel about the dangers of growing up online, from the author of the Irish Book Awards-nominated None of This is Serious

You’re nine when you get your first computer. Your favourite thing is a virtual pet website; you spend hours in the chatroom. You don’t understand why some of your online friends don’t use their real names.

It’s not long before you discover porn. You don’t know what you’re watching, but you do know that you shouldn’t tell anybody. Later, older, your first kiss is captured on camera and shared with everyone in your year. It feels like betrayal, but soon it feels normal. Part of the incessant cycle of posting, sharing and liking.

Now, you can’t remember a time when you didn’t feel hollow inside. Now, you know that something has to change.

Chilling, potent and intensely intimate, This is How You Remember It is at once a cautionary tale, a call to arms and a tender love story. It is about a life lived online, and about finding another way, when it’s all you’ve ever known.

Praise for This Is How You Remember It

'If only my mother and I had this book to hand all those years ago. It is an essential document. I wish it wasn’t. I’m so glad it exists”

The Guardian

“a potent time capsule, a depiction of millennials as a lost generation, the last of the internet pre-natives”

The Irish Independent

“A coming-of-age story written with the oppressive propulsion of a thriller”
Sunday Telegraph

“Prasifka has a painfully raw and acute gift for catching the way things are”

Sunday Times

“Prasifka does not pull her punches”

‘Humane, powerful, compassionate and unsparing, this is a book for our times’

Rosemary Hennigan

“Beautifully written, intense, intimate and impactful. A unique and important novel with a strong and vital purpose, which has stayed with me long after I turned the last page”
Anya Bergman

“Smart, insightful and compassionate. A gorgeous book with both brains and heart”
Claire Hennessy

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