Giveaway: My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
Tuesday, June 7, 2011, marks the paperback release of Ann Brashares’s My Name is Memory and to celebrate, I’m giving away a copy courtesy of Riverhead Books. This giveaway is open to everyone–international and PO Box users included–and the deadline entry is Monday, June 6th at 10pm EST.
I reviewed this one last year on Book, Line, and Sinker and enjoyed it. I lent my copy to a cousin and she enjoyed it so much that she bought the rest of Brashares’s novels via Amazon! To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me the name of your first love! Make sure to include your email address. Good luck!
An excerpt from my review:
Nat’s One-Sentence Synopsis: A love story that spans centuries, My Name Is Memory tells the tale of Daniel and Sophia, time-crossed lovers who face insurmountable obstacles in each lifetime that keep them from ever being fully united as a couple.
But it was smell that carried memory. Smell was like the wormhole connecting you to the other parts of your life. Memories of smell didn’t fade, and they short-circuited your entire psychology–they didn’t tunnel through endless experience or get loaded down by any part of your conscious mind. They stitched you instantly and fully to your other times, without regard to sequence. It was the closest thing to time travel on this earth.
With that passage, Ann Brashares hooked me. Though not a new concept, I really related to that passage. I read this book in one sitting–staying up until the wee hours to finish it…
A synopsis from Booklist:
On the heels of recent film adaptations of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, Brashares’ second novel for adults taps into the growing appetite for romances thwarted by extraordinary tricks of time. Virginia high-school student Lucy is inexplicably drawn to classmate Daniel, but when he claims to have known her before, a thoroughly unsettled Lucy flees. Gradually, Lucy learns the impossible truth: Daniel has been chasing her through ages and lives for 1,200 years. In chapters that alternate viewpoints between the two lovers, past and present, the couples’ unrequited desire builds, even as a murderous soul threatens their reunion. Steamy bedroom scenes aside, the coming-of-age sensibility will feel familiar to crossover adult fans of Brashares’ best-selling Traveling Pants series for teens. Readers tantalized by the possibilities of past lives and soul-mate connections will devour this unabashed romance, which has the heart-pounding pace and tone of a beach novel, and hope for the sequel hinted at in the open ending.