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Memory of Water - Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water - Emmi Itäranta
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Title: Memory of Water

Author:  Emmi Itäranta

ISBN:  9780007529919

Weight:  685g

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Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta

With the world building brilliance of Atwood, Emmi Itäranta’s effortless and poignant debut novel is a coming of age story full of emotional drama and wonderment.

Some secrets demand betrayal.

‘You’re seventeen, and of age now, and therefore old enough to understand what I’m going to tell you,’ my father said.  ‘This place doesn’t exist.’

‘I’ll remember,’ I told him, but didn’t realise until later what kind of promise I had made.

When Noria Kaitio reaches her seventeenth birthday, she is entrusted with the secret of a freshwater spring hidden deep within the caves near her small rural village.  Its preservation has been the responsibility of her family for generations

Apprenticed to her father, one of the last true tea masters, when Noria takes possession of the knowledge, she become much more than the guardian of ancestral treasure; soon, she will hold the fate of everyone she loves in her hands.

Peer & Press Reviews

Where Itäranta shines is in her rejection of conventional plots and in her understated but compelling characters.  The work is a deceptively tranquil examination of a world of dust and ashes where the tenacious weed of hope still survives.

Publishers Weekly [starred review]

Brilliant, lyrical prose… Itäranta’s writing is almost a song, working like a melody that sticks in your head more than a series of words that flow by.

Justin Landon, Tor.com

Memory of Water’s story deals more in atmosphere than action, but is no less involving for that; Itäranta’s steady piling on of pressure on her protagonist grips, even as her prose soothes.

Nic Clarke, SFX Magazine

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Title: Memory of Water
Author:
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Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Harper Voyager
Awards and prizes:

International Dublin Literary Award 2016 – longlist

Arthur C. Clarke Award 2015 – shortlist

Philip K. Dick Award 2014 – nominee

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Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780007529919
ISBN 10: 0007529910
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 263
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 144 x 30mm
Design Credits
Jacket design: HarperCollinsPublishers
Jacket photographs: Shutterstock

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