Is it possible that a world can be divided by memory retention instead of race, wealth, or religion? Felicia Yap tells the story of a psychological thriller in Yesterday, centered around murder and a society where there are only two classes – Monos, those who can remember events from the past 24 hours; and Duos, those who retain up to 48 hours of memory. We speak to the Malaysian born author about her debut novel.
Is Yesterday secretly a low-key love story?
I would call Yesterday an overt love story. The book is all about love, in fact. It examines the question: ‘How do you love someone if you only remember yesterday?’. Yet it also explores the questions: ‘Is memory linked with love and hatred (and the divisions within society)?’ and ‘Can we still love if we don’t remember?’