If you had the ability to remember all your past lives—millennia of deaths, lives, tragedies, and joys—would you consider it a blessing or a burden? Daniel is one such person, and throughout all his hundreds of lives, there has been one constant: Sophia and the irresistible love he feels for her. Each reincarnation, Daniel can't shake the hope that this time their love will bloom and grow with them into old age.
I've never had a child, and I've never gotten old. I don't know why. I have seen beauty in countless things. I have fallen in love, and she is the one who endures. I killed her once and died for her many times and I still have nothing to show for it. I always search for her; I always remember her. I carry the hope that someday she will remember me. (p. 2)—My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares (Penguin USA / Riverhead Books, 2010; quote is from uncorrected proofs and may differ in the published edition)
- Setting: Virginia (modern times); all over the world (in the past)
- Circumstances: Daniel remembers his past lives but Sophia doesn't; mystery of why their relationship is always cut short through death
- Characters: Daniel and Sophia/Lucy, who meet as high school seniors
- Main themes: love, reincarnation, living in the moment, what it means to have a fulfilled life, choice/fate, relationships
- Genres: reincarnation, historical/contemporary fiction mix, romance (not bodice-ripper)
- Publication date: June 2010 (hardcover); June 2011 (paperback)
- Why author sounds familiar: she also wrote the young adult Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series
- Miscellaneous: Indie Next pick for June 2010; first in a planned trilogy
Want to Know More? Author Ann Brashshares spoke with a CBS morning show about My Name Is Memory, becoming an author, and the transition from young adult books to adult fiction; another interview was posted on the blog Today's Adventure. For more about Brashares, visit her website, follow her on Twitter, and like her Facebook page. The publisher's website offers an excerpt, information about the different media and editions, and a reading group guide. For more Riverhead Books and for news about events and great books, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.