The Reminders

Val Emmich

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Picador

9781509829422
224
Synopsis

Ten-year-old Joan was born with a rare gift: she can remember every single day of her life in perfect detail. She can tell you how many times her mother has uttered the phrase ‘it never fails’ in the last six months (twenty-seven), or what she was wearing when her grandfather took her fishing on a particular Sunday in June years ago (fox socks).

But Joan doesn’t want to be the girl who remembers everything – she wants to be the girl that no one can forget. When her father’s old bandmate Gavin comes to stay, reeling from the sudden loss of his partner Sydney, Joan is keen to enlist his help in making her name. Even if it means using her extraordinary memory to help him solve the mystery of Sydney’s final months . . .

Told in the alternating voices of two unforgettable characters, The Reminders by musician and actor Val Emmich is a funny, heart-wrenching and uplifting story of friendship, grief, memory and hope.

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I thoroughly enjoyed The Reminders. It’s a wonderful and unusual story told in a beautifully understated way. Quietly magnificent''I thoroughly enjoyed The Reminders. It’s a wonderful and unusual story told in a beautifully understated way. Quietly magnificent

Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things

Achingly tender and charming

Daily Mail

Endearing and wise . . . I adored the unlikely friendship between a gifted child who remembers everything and a grieving man who is trying to forget. Emmich brings a compassionate, often comical, and always true eye to his storytelling. Ten-year-old Joan says a good song should either make you want to dance or cry, and The Reminders does both’

Eowyn Ivey, bestselling author of The Snow Child

A charming, whimsical Odd Couple story that should be read while listening to The Beatles

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