“…a beautifully told epic story that brings the beauty and wild cruelty of Africa vividly to life.“ —Reedsy Discovery
The Memory of an Elephant is an epic saga told by an aging African elephant as he makes a last, perilous journey to find the humans who rescued him as an orphan some fifty years ago.
Interwoven with his narrative are the tumultuous lives of the family who raised and then lost him: a famed hunting guide and his wife, who runs an animal orphanage (a conflict that in time upends their marriage); their son and daughter; and the young Kikuyu who finds the orphaned elephant and becomes part of the Hathaway family.
This timeless story is alternately heartwarming and heartbreaking, spanning east Africa, Great Britain and New York from 1962 to 2015.
”A vivid and timely depiction of the sentience of elephants and the cruelty of ivory poaching.” —Kirkus
“I have never read anything that reflects my feelings and experiences regarding the intelligence and emotional life of elephants as clearly as what Mr. Lasker has done here. I hope this novel will bring an appreciation of elephants to the greater world and help ensure their survival.” —John Lehnardt, Fmr. Executive Director, The National Elephant Center
After graduating from UCLA Film School, Alex Lasker became a screenwriter for the next 30+ years, living in Venice, then in Marina del Rey where he happily raised a wonderful family.
During his time as a screenwriter, Alex wrote films that starred such actors as Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis and Patricia Arqutette, among others. As only insiders know, screenwriters are generally well-paid, but have no control over their material, and watch helplessly as their projects are changed to meet a director's or actor's whims, rarely for the better.
So he’s getting out of the industry and The Memory of an Elephant is his first novel.