The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville
.ePUB, 327 pages
Expected publication: March 16th 2021 by Atria Books
About the Book:
Ev has a mysterious ability, one that she feels is more a curse than a gift. She can feel the emotions people leave behind on objects and believes that most of them need to be handled extremely carefully, and—if at all possible—destroyed. The harmless ones she sells at Vancouver’s Chinatown Night Market to scrape together a living, but even that fills her with trepidation. Meanwhile, in another part of town, Harriet hoards thousands of these treasures and is starting to make her neighbors sick as the overabundance of heightened emotions start seeping through her apartment walls. When the two women meet, Harriet knows that Ev is the only person who can help her make something truly spectacular of her collection. A museum of memory that not only feels warm and inviting but can heal the emotional wounds many people unknowingly carry around. They only know of one other person like them, and they fear the dark effects these objects had on him. Together, they help each other to develop and control their gift, so that what happened to him never happens again. But unbeknownst to them, the same darkness is wrapping itself around another, dragging them down a path that already destroyed Ev’s family once, and threatens to annihilate what little she has left.
There's a story in each object. When you walk through the exhibit and see it as a whole,
it feels kind of magical. Like an enchanted forest built from loved objects.
First I'd like to say the cover is so beautiful and magical in and of itself, I do origami and I thought it was a wonderful way to bringing the inside of the book out.
The Memory Collectors is refreshingly charming, honest and sweet. It's pretty different to most of the other books I've read recently. Instead of angst ridden drama or scare to death me thrillers, Kim Neville's story is playful and quaint - the definition of whimsy.
As a Canadian it's always fun to come across an interesting story set in my home country and support authors from Canada. In The Memory Collectors we're treated to a couple plot lines set in Vancouver B.C. Although it's far more than just two character's stories. I loved how different plots are seamlessly worked together into one book.
I love the idea of finding old objects and feeling what their previous owners felt. This story was magical, lyrical and enchanting, I hope Ms. Neville has more books on the horizon.
Thank you NetGalley, Kim Neville and Atria Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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