Title: My Name Is Memory
Author: Ann Brashares
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Daniel is a seemingly ordinary man with a unique gift – he can remember the most intimate details of his past lives. Each time he reincarnates, he retains all of his memories as well as the ability to recognize the souls of people he’s previously known. When he is reborn, he looks for the woman he has loved for over a thousand years, since the very beginning, a woman he calls Sophia. When he recognizes her in Lucy, his high school classmate, he unleashes a chain of events that no one can predict.
I’ve read all of Ann Brashares’ books, and while I’ve thought all of them have been solidly good, none have inspired a deep emotional connection. My Name is Memory has changed that – this book was both heartfelt and completely engrossing.
The premise behind My Name is Memory is reincarnation, and Brashares’ take on it is captivating. She includes all kinds of hints and details about the process – enough to satisfy the reader, yet holding back a sufficient amount of information to keep the reader interested. I enjoyed learning about her interpretation of reincarnation, and thought it made for a creative and thought provoking backdrop to this unique novel.
As for the love story between Daniel and Lucy, I have to admit that it reminded me of The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. However, I didn’t actually adore that book as much as most and liked this book a lot better. Brashares does an excellent job conveying the deep running emotions of the two main characters, but also inserts a healthy amount of skepticism. I must admit that I was frustrated by the devices she used to keep tension in this storyline, but in the end I really enjoyed it.
I heard that My Name is Memory is going to be a trilogy, and I certainly hope that is the case, especially considering the ambiguity of the ending. I really enjoyed the time I spent with this book and certainly hope there is more to come on the story of Daniel, Lucy, and the overarching plot of reincarnation.