Other People: A Mystery Story share button
Martin Amis
Format Paperback
Dimensions 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)
Pages 223
Publisher Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication Date February 1994
ISBN 9780679735892
Book ISBN 10 0679735895
About Book
She wakes in an emergency room in a London hospital, to a voice that tells her: "You're on your own now. Take care. Be good." She has no knowledge of her name, her past, or even her species. It takes her a while to realize that she is human -- and that the beings who threaten, befriend, and violate her are other people. Some of whom seem to know all about her.

In this eerie, blackly funny, and sometimes disorienting novel, Martin Amis gives us a mystery that is as ambitious as it is intriguing, an investigation of a young woman's violent extinction that also traces her construction of a new and oddly innocent self.

What an amnesiac young woman discovers about her violently erased past is only one of the riddles in this eerie, blackly funny, and sometimes disorienting novel by the author of London Fields. Amis offers a revealing look at how someone with no memory constructs a self in a dangerous world.


Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly

Amis's darkly comic study of an amnesiac young woman and the construction of selfhood. (Mar.)

Library Journal

Amis (London Fields, LJ 3/1/90) here weaves a tale of a young woman suffering from amnesia who assumes a new identity while trying to piece together the mystery of her forgotten life.