The Cleaners

The Cleaners

Touch the past or wash it away? Two sisters have a choice in this unforgettable short story of everyday magic and the power of memory by the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author Ken Liu.

Gui is a professional cleaner at A Fresh Start, scrubbing away the unpleasant layers of memory that build up on the personal objects of his customers. Memory-blind himself, he can’t feel those wounds. Clara can, and she prefers them irretrievable. Until her sister, Beatrice, ultrasensitive to memory, raises one that could change Clara’s mind. For Gui, the past is gone. For Clara and Beatrice, deciding what to remember reaches to the heart of their shared history.

Title:The Cleaners
Edition Language:English
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    The Cleaners Reviews

  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    Wow! But it’s, Ken Liu! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾...

  • Obsidian

    What an interesting story. We get a man that has the ability to "clean" away memories from objects so that when people touch them, they are not "burned" by those memories. I liked the idea of it and I...

  • Susan

    Good one!...

  • Tathy's Cozy Nook

    To be very honest, I was confused the ENTIRE time. Maybe because it’s early in the morning & I’m still groggy from sleep but I had no idea what this story was about. However, I can connect it to w...

  • Debby

    The fourth book in the Faraway Collection of Amazon Originals, Ken Liu, new author to this reader has a nice short and interesting story. Cleaning memories...who would have thought. Very surprising li...

  • Kandice

    That was beautiful and not at all what I was expecting! This story is set in some side unoverse where people leave emotional impressions on objects and consequently have them cleaned to save themselve...

  • Eugenia

    Unique 😱😱I’m quite enjoying this KU with FREE Audible narration series. Why? They are short. They are different. They pique my interest. They make me think. This one:Alternate reality. Urban f...

  • Roslyn

    4.5There's a very interesting use of what I can only call 'concrete metaphor' here: the story is about memory and uses a very concrete metaphor for it, all set in a world similar ours but with that 'c...

  • TL

    Narrator: 4 stars 🌟 Story: 4 stars 🌟 Would definitely read more of this world, very fascinating:) Makes me wonder what I would see if I could touch stuff from my grandparents. ...

  • Leah

    Blog Twitter InstaGramJust when I thought that this series couldn't get any better. Wow. Such an amazing perspective and such an awesome concept, crafted beautifully. Wow. Just, wow.1. The Prince and ...