IF YOU CAN RESIST THE SWEET MAJESTY OF VAL EMMICH’S THE REMINDERS, YOU HAVE A HEART OF STONE. IN A STORY THAT IS BOTH STARTLINGLY ORIGINAL AND DEEPLY FAMILIAR, THE AUTHOR HAS GIVEN LITERATURE A REMARKABLE YOUNG HEROINE, JOAN, AND A SERIES OF SEEMINGLY SMALL EVENTS THAT ADD UP TO THE KIND OF STORY SMALL CLASSICS ARE MADE OF. I COULD NOT STOP READING, AND WAS BEREFT WHEN THE STORY ENDED.
- JACQUELYN MITCHARD, THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN
VAL EMMICH HAS CREATED AN INDELIBLE CAST OF COMPLEX AND QUIRKY CHARACTERS WHO DREW ME IN FOR AN EMOTIONAL AND HUMOROUS RIDE. THE REMINDERS IS A BOOK BRIMMING WITH HEART AND SOUL—YOU REALLY MUST READ IT!
- GARTH STEIN, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
Grief-stricken over his partner’s death, Gavin sets fire to every physical reminder in the couple's home. A neighbor captures the ordeal on video, turning this unsung TV actor into a household name. Now, Gavin is fleeing the hysteria of Los Angeles for New Jersey, hoping to find peace with the family of an old friend. Instead, he finds Joan.
Joan, the family's ten-year-old daughter, was born with the rare ability to recall every day of her life in cinematic detail. In seconds, she can tell you how many times her mother has uttered the phrase "it never fails" in the last six months (twenty-seven) or what she was wearing when her grandfather took her fishing on a particular Sunday in June years ago (fox socks). Joan has never met Gavin until now, but she did know his partner, Sydney, and waiting inside her uncanny mind are half a dozen startlingly vivid memories to prove it.
Gavin strikes a deal with Joan: in return for sharing all her memories of Sydney, Gavin will help Joan win a local songwriting contest she's convinced could make her unforgettable. The unlikely duo sets 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.
IN STORES MAY 30
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