Thanks for the Memories: A Novel

By Cecelia Ahern
Binding:Hardcover
Publisher:Harper, (4/1/2009)
Language:English



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New York Times bestselling author Cecelia Ahern's charming new novel explores what happens when "what if" becomes a reality for two strangers whose lives are at a crossroads.

How can you know someone you've never met? That's the question haunting Joyce Conway these days. Recovering from a terrible accident and with her marriage in pieces, Joyce is suddenly plagued by an overwhelming sense of déjà vu that makes her feel as if the life she's living is not her own. During the day she has vivid memories of things she's never seen—such as cobblestoned Parisian streets she's never visited—and at night she dreams of a little girl she's sure she's never met. Joyce is convinced she's lost her mind . . . until a series of coincidences leads her on a journey to meet the one person who may hold the answer she needs.

Someone's life could be depending on you right now. . . . That's the pitch that finally persuades Justin Hitchcock to donate blood—the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time.

Restless and lonely, Justin chased his ex-wife and daughter from Chicago to London, and now he's in Dublin, guest-lecturing to bored college students. When he receives a basket of muffins with a thank-you note attached, he's sure someone's playing a joke on him, but then the presents keep coming. Intrigued, Justin is determined to solve the mystery—a quest that will change his life forever.

Thanks for the Memories is a heartwarming story of hope, love, and second chances—Cecelia Ahern's most magical novel yet.

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"Thanks for the Memories: A Novel"
By Cecelia Ahern

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From Publishers Weekly
Contrivance and a multitude of sitcom mixups drive Ahern's fifth novel. When Joyce Conway gets a blood transfusion after a tragic accident that caused her to miscarry, she strangely picks up the memories of her donor. Upon release from the hospital, she moves in with her father to try to cope with her impending divorce and the loss of her baby, but ends up instead on a wild goose chase after feeling a connection with a mysterious, smoldering stranger in a hair salon. Their relationship is obvious to the reader immediately, which makes the following several hundred pages a less than satisfying exercise in delaying the inevitable. Fans of Ahern's earlier work won't be disappointed with the fairy tale–like feeling, but readers not already in the fold might not stick around to the obvious conclusion. (Apr.) 
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From Booklist
A hurried trip down a flight of stairs in her home costs Joyce Conway the thing she wanted most: her baby. A blood transfusion saves her life, but after Joyce wakes up, she finds herself with knowledge and memories she knows aren’t her own. As her marriage falls apart, Joyce becomes fixated on two things—a handsome American man named Justin she met the day she got out of the hospital, and finding out who donated the blood—and she finds herself on a quest for both. If Ahern’s last novel, the wonderful There’s No Place Like Here (2008), was among her best, this latest entry is one of her weaker offerings. The lead characters are thin, and in the case of Joyce’s father, downright annoying, and the games Joyce plays wear a little thin. Still, Ahern devotees will enjoy the magical connection that springs up between Joyce and Justin, and will keep turning the pages to find out if the two can make their way to a happy ending together. --Kristine Huntley 

Review
". . . Ahern cleverly uses the same mystical flirtations that made her P.S I Love You a big-screen rom-com." (Marie Claire )

"The what-if questions that arise [in Thanks for the Memories] give us full permission to believe in magic." (Redbook Magazine )

"Ahern has a knack for getting to the heart of human emotions--Joyce's emotional pain is palpable, as is Justin's longing for meaning in his life." (Library Journal )

"Tender and funny . . . Nice comic timing and [an] affectionate portrayal of a father and daughter." (Kirkus Reviews )

"No matter what mood you're in, we have a great book for you. Love and deja vu feature in this wacky fair tale about a woman 'transfused' with a stranger's memories. The romance is just what you'd expect from the popular author of P.S. I Love You." (Good Housekeeping )

"Ahern devotees will enjoy the magical connection that springs up between Joyce and Justin, and will keep turning the pages to find out if the two can make their way to a happy ending together." (Booklist ) 

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Before she embarked on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in journalism and media communications. At twenty-one she wrote her first novel, P.S. I Love You, which became an international bestseller and was adapted into a major motion picture starring Hilary Swank. Her successive novels—Love, RosieIf You Could See Me Now; and There's No Place Like Here—were also international bestsellers. Her books are published in forty-six countries and have collectively sold more than ten million copies. She is also the cocreator of the hit ABC comedy seriesSamantha Who?, starring Christina Applegate. The daughter of Ireland's former prime minister, Ahern lives in Dublin, Ireland.


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