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.

13 Comments

  • At 2011.06.03 15:07, Amy H. said:

    My first love’s name is Mauricio. It makes me smile just thinking about it (it was a VERY long time ago). Hope I win the book!

    • At 2011.06.03 15:16, A Southern Cousin said:

      Oooh, I read this one several months ago and loved it! A great and easy beach read!

      • At 2011.06.03 18:28, Melissa said:

        I’ve heard great things about this book. It’s funny to think back to my first love, it seems so long ago. Anyways, his name is Steve, but I called him Stevie 😉
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        • At 2011.06.03 18:42, Jessica said:

          I’ve wanted to read this book since it came out last year. The hold list is still miles long at my library, so it must be good! My first (and current) love is Eric.
          Jessica´s last blog post ..Gimme a B-E-E!

          • At 2011.06.14 21:03, Natalie said:

            Congrats, you’re my winner! Drop me an email with your mailing address and I’ll send the book along shortly. 🙂

        • At 2011.06.03 19:25, Dishy said:

          This does sound good; I remember your review last year. Count me in!

          PS: His name was Linc. (still his name though the love [has] gone daddy gone, the love has gone away..)
          Dishy´s last blog post ..Sweet Potato Crisps

          • At 2011.06.04 00:17, Misha said:

            Thanks for the giveaway!

            My first love’s name was Daniel. I am still not sure whether it was really love because I was so young.

            mishamary@gmail.com

            • At 2011.06.04 00:58, Leah said:

              His name was Sam. He was foreign and mysterious…need I say more? 😉

              Loved this book! Would love to read it again in a heartbeat! Can’t wait for the new Traveling Pants book in a few weeks!

              • At 2011.06.04 20:02, MoniqueReads said:

                This sounds good, even with the Twilight Light like obsessive love. My first love names was Shawn and he was the boy next door. That was a great summer.

                thelittlereadingnook@gmail.con
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                • At 2011.06.06 01:30, Carole Spring said:

                  My first love’s name is Ken.
                  blondie_31971(at)yahoo(dot)com

                  • At 2011.06.06 12:37, Mary (Bookfan) said:

                    His name was Michael and he attended the boarding school in my hometown.

                    meah56 at gmail dot com

                    • At 2011.06.07 00:54, Renee said:

                      I missed the deadline, but this book sounds great! I think I will pick this up on my Kindle 😀

                      (and for the record, my first love’s name was Mark – we were both four and I shared my popcorn with him)
                      Renee´s last blog post ..Nothing new under the sun

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