Something strange has been happening on an island for some time: everyday things disappear, and so does the memory of those things. For example, the book begins with the disappearance of the birds: one day they are gone, the inhabitants no longer know what they are (they forget), and life goes on. Some citizens maintain memories; but they are soon arrested by the Memory Police, the guarantor of the fact that the forgetfulness is in fact executed. The protagonist of the story is a young novelist who lives alone, and only interacts with her editor and an old man.
A dystopian novel, at times distressing, at times humorous... very well written. It makes the imagination work, and forces you to give each thing the importance it has. It does not have a positive view of parenthood or marital relationships, but neither is it the main theme of the novel, which is more about the lack of freedom.