Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez’s The Friend won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2018. Her most recent book is What Are You Going Through, a novel.

Story: ‘It Will Come Back to You’

Sigrid Nunez, 4 November 2021

‘Apple’ and ‘sheep’: of the five words the neurologist asked me to remember the first time I saw him I still remember two. Remember these words, he said to me at the beginning of the exam. And at the end of the exam, about twenty minutes later, he asked me to recite them back to him. The truth is, I had memorised them by silently repeating them to myself throughout the...

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