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The Reminders
by Val Emmich
fiction
From The Jacket:Perfect for fans of J. Courtney Sullivan's The Engagement or Graeme Simpson's The Rosie Project, The Reminders follows what happens when a girl who can't forget befriends a man who's desperate to remember. Grief-stricken over his partner Sydney's death, Gavin sets fire to every reminder in the couple's home before fleeing Los Angeles for New Jersey, where he hopes to find peace with the family of an old friend. Instead, he finds Joan. Joan, the family's ten-year-old daughter, was born Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, or HSAM: the rare ability to recall every day of her life in cinematic detail. Joan has never met Gavin until now, but she did know his partner, and waiting inside her uncanny mind are startlingly vivid memories to prove it. Gavin strikes a deal with Joan: in return for sharing her memories of Sydney, Gavin will help her win a songwriting contest she's convinced will make her unforgettable. The unlikely duo set off on their quest until Joan reveals unexpected details about Sydney's final months, forcing Gavin to question not only the purity of his past with Sydney but the course of his own immediate future. Told in the alternating voices of these two irresistible characters, The Reminders is a hilarious and tender exploration of loss, memory, friendship, and renewal.
Another book with a quirky, memorable character. In this book, ten year old Joan has a condition that enables her to remember everything perfectly, with exacting detail. She’s great and you'll certainly get attached, but the strength of this book lies in the special relationships this author creates. Fans of “A Man Called Ove” will love this, but another book that came to mind when reading this was “The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie. Recommend this endearing story.
by-Linda 2017/07/23, 08:26 PM
 
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