I certainly was not expecting to love My Name is Memory as much as I did. Ann Brashares is the well known author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, which I really enjoyed growing up. Let me tell you, this book is no different.
The story is written from two perspectives. There’s a first person narrative of the lead. He has many names, but is most recognized as Daniel. His story is that he can remember every life he’s ever lived. The main concept is that he can see souls in new bodies, that the human race isn’t unique people born each time, but a soul replaced in a new body.
The other perspective is from the soul of the woman Daniel loves more than anyone. In this life, her name is Lucy. The story brings the two of them together in unexpected ways, and Lucy’s journey to remember. Toss in a bad guy that has the ability to steal people’s bodies soon after death, and you’ve got the whole shebang.
I really did love this book! It’s such an interesting concept, the ability to remember past lives and see souls that you’ve met before. Part of the book alludes to deja vu, and our feelings that we’ve “done this” or “met this person” before. In My Name is Memory, it’s likely that you have.
Daniel and Lucy have had the most beautiful love story told over hundreds of years all over the world. From Africa to Europe, and finally in America. For a single girl, it’s nice to know that there are people who can think of love as grand as Ann Brashares.
After sharing my love for My Name is Memory on social media, a friend of mine mentioned that there’s potentially a sequel in the works! With how the book ended, I would very much appreciate a “what happened next”.
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