Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Thanks for the Memories

Cecelia Ahern
Harper, 2009. 371 p. Fiction

After a life-saving blood transfusion, Joyce isn’t feeling quite herself. Well, naturally—given the tragedy of her disastrous miscarriage and eroding marriage. But she’s spouting off random architectural factoids of unknown origin and experiencing memories she’s never made. This seems beyond the normal grief pattern. And then there’s that handsome American man who keeps crossing paths with her. Could his blood donation of similar date have something to do with it? The coincidence seems…absurd, right?

With a premise that’s knowingly ridiculous, this story has modern-day fairy tale flavor. There’s something more here than the usual chick-lit fare. It’s a fun read, with lots of laughing-out-loud, but the saving grace is Joyce’s father. With an appealing eccentricity, he steals the show and this dearly odd Irishman and his bits of stored up wisdom will warm the cockles of your heart. Expletives included.


1 comment:

Jillian said...

I love Ahern's books! I think my favourite one is probably 'A Place Called Here'.

If you love Ahern, you'll also love a book called 'Knickles and Dimes'. It's fun and light-hearted and has really great characters. I'd recommend it!

Thanks for the review : )