Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory Loss

August 16, 2014 11:54 AM

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Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory Loss

Just for a second, imagine a world without war, conflict or grief. Refreshing, right? But it's also a world without memory, at least in the premise of Lois Lowry's 1993 novel The Giver. The movie adaptation opened this week and stars Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges.

The Giver swept up nearly every prestigious prize for young adult literature, including the Newbery Medal and the William Allen White Award. It's assigned reading in thousands of schools. Lowry came up with the idea of a scary, sterile world where nearly everyone takes drugs to suppress their memori...

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