Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory", the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.
Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel's unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now "Lucy" in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.
A magical, suspenseful, heartbreaking story of true love, My Name is Memory proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be.
You need to read this. I've read a lot of great books lately. This book rose quickly to the top of my favorites list. The world created inside is so easily believable. I love that Daniel comes back again and again trying to find Sophia if only to lay eyes on her and know that she is okay and happy. It is also heartbreaking.
Sometimes a book that bounces around through time can be confusing and hard to follow. That wasn't the case with My Name is Memory. Ann Brashares did an amazing job weaving Daniels previous and present life together in a way that didn't leave you dizzy. She created characters that were easy to fall in love with and some that were easy to fear. They felt like real people to me. That is both good and bad. Good because I'm still thinking about them. I felt involved in there lives. Bad also because I'm still thinking about them. I miss them as if they were my friends. It's makes me want to cry!
I could not put this book down. Except for once when I was so scared of what might happen that I just had to take a break and calm down. It will pull at all of your emotions. I stayed up late into the night finishing the last few chapters. The last parts of the book are my favorite. They are also the most intense. I felt the need to get up and pace around the room as I read because I was so involved... so nervous. Tears streaming down my face. Do not read this book without a tissue box nearby.
As soon as I finished I started looking online to see if there was a sequel because trust me... you'll want more. From what I was able to find Ann intended this to be a trilogy. Her publisher decided that because not many people purchased the first book they would wait on moving forward with the remaining two. I sincerely hope that another book comes out. I will be lost and heartbroken without it.
You NEED to go get this book. I beg you to read it!