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My Name Is Memory book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Publisher, Riverhead Books. Publication date. June Media type, Print ( Hardback & Paperback). Pages, pp. ISBN · My Name is Memory is a novel written in by Ann Brashares, author of the best-selling. Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants). The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Complete Collection. 3 Willows. See all books by Ann.

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The latest from Ann Brashares, the New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, a magical story of reincarnation and a love that . My Name is Memory book cover In My Name is Memory, readers will trace Daniel and Lucy's love over I read about them in books like everybody else. A romance that stretches across centuries and past lives constitutes the core of Brashares's varied second adult novel, the first in a planned.

Plot summary[ edit ] Daniel can remember things from his past lives going back to a life that started near Antioch in A. In that early life he joins his brother to raid a village in North Africa. During the raid Daniel kills a young girl but is haunted by his actions. About 30 years later, a young boy realizes he can remember his previous life as Daniel and is still bothered by his actions during the raid. He lives and dies as part of an otherwise eventual life. In his third life in Constantinople Daniel can remember his previous two lives and has two chance meetings with a woman he recognizes as being the reincarnation of the girl he had killed in A. Daniel recognizes her as the same person he had killed in and met briefly two lifetimes later. Her name is Sophia though she does not recall previous lives the way Daniel does. Daniel also recognizes that Joaquim was also his brother in the first lifetime that Daniel can remember. Joaquim is very cruel towards those around him, including Sophia. While he can recall past lives Joaquim does not have the ability to recognize other "old souls" and so is not aware Daniel that he knew Daniel before nor who Sophia was in an earlier life.

The great hits of history go along without the notice of most. I read about them in books like everybody else.

Sometimes I feel more akin to houses and trees than to my fellow human beings. I stand around watching the waves of people come and go. I have seen beauty in countless things. I have fallen in love, and she is the one who endures.

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I killed her once and died for her many times and I still have nothing to show for it. I always search for her; I always remember her. I carry the hope that someday she will remember me. 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 Asia Minor to England and 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. She lives in New York. What did you think of this technique? Do you think the author captured both voices equally well? Was there one character whose point of view you preferred reading?

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As we watch Lucy mature from a teenager to a young woman over the course of the novel, we also watch Daniel mature over centuries, carrying knowledge and wisdom from lifetime to lifetime. When they meet, he has centuries worth of experiences and she is still learning how to be an adult for the first time. Do you think Lucy and Daniel can find common ground in their shared lifetime, or do their differing experiences separate them too much? My Name is Memory is set in present day, with flashbacks to previous eras—including North Africa in B.

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Louis in A. Was there one particular setting you enjoyed most? In while living and working as a sailor Daniel meets Ben who is fellow sailor.

Ben can apparently recall past lives much further back than Daniel and can also remember the future. Ben and Daniel form a friendship that continues to present time though occasionally there were gaps of hundreds of years in which their lives did not intersect. Ben also helps Daniel in dealing with Joaquim who can hijack another person's body by kicking the person's soul out.

The chapters about Daniel alternate with chapters about Lucy, a high school senior in , and later in the book a college student and young adult. While she does not know it, Lucy was Sophia in an earlier life. The time lines for Daniel and Lucy converge with Lucy initially not recalling her previous lives and times with Daniel.

How do Lucy's experiences with her older sister Dana's mental illness affect her reaction to Daniel when he tells her about their past lives together?

How much of her response do you think comes from fear? Do you think she wants to believe him? One of the themes of My Name is Memory is our perspective on the value of the here-and-now and the passage of time. As someone who has lived and remembers many lifetimes, Daniel sees life as fleeting and replaceable, and it affects how he treats himself and his family members. How does this change for him over the course of the book? What causes the change?

Did the book make you think about the value of the present, or the value of the long view differently? Daniel insists on being called "Daniel" in each life, and he calls Lucy "Sophia," the name she had when he first fell in love with her. Why is he so attached to using these names? What is their significance to him?

What changes at the end that allows him to finally call her "Lucy"? Daniel talks about human beings' ability to recognize other people's souls, and says, "Our souls reveal themselves in our face and body… Choose a person's face and study it carefully… Ask yourself what you know about the person, and if you open yourself to the information, you will find you know an overwhelming amount" p.

Do you think this is true? Have you ever recognized something like this in a stranger? Throughout the novel, Daniel faces hardships that he believes are a direct result of his past choices.

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After rejecting his mother Molly's love by committing suicide, he is reborn to an abusive mother. Do you believe in this idea, which some call karma, that our actions will come back to us? When Lucy looks back on her first meeting with Daniel she is filled with regret. Do you agree with Lucy's assessment of herself that she's a coward, or would you consider her brave?

Does her level of bravery change over the course of the book? How or why?

Brashares writes, as Daniel thinks he's about to lose Lucy, "If you didn't have a choice, you had to make a choice. If you didn't have options, you made some.

You couldn't just let the world happen to you" p. Is this something he has always believed? Is it advice he has followed? To what consequences? How has it shaped his collection of lives? At the beginning of the novel, Daniel says that despite all his lives, "I've never had a child, and I've never gotten old.

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