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 is a funny, heartwrenching and uplifting story of friendship, grief, memory and hope.
An irresistible debut novel about love, loss, memory and unlikely friendship, for fans of Nick Hornby, Mark Haddon and Maria Semple
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
Val Emmich is an actor with numerous high-profile TV credits to his name, and an award-winning singer-songwriter who has released over a dozen albums. The Reminders is his first novel. Val lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his wife and two children.