Memory of Water

by Emmi Itaranta

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Memory of Water Synopsis

With the lyricism of Ishiguro's NEVER LET ME GO, and the world building brilliance of Atwood, Emmi Itaranta'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.

Memory of Water Press Reviews

'Itaranta's lyrical style makes this dystopian tale a beautiful exploration of environmental ethics and the power of ritual'
Washington Post

'Gorgeous and delicate'
Library Journal, starred review

'Itaranta's steady piling on of pressure on her protagonist grips, even as her prose soothes'
SFX

'Where Itaranta shines is in her understated but compelling characters'
Red Star Review, Publishers Weekly

'Gorgeous and delicate'
Library Journal, Starred Review

'Brilliant, lyrical prose'
Tor.com

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007529940
Publication date: 12/02/2015
Publisher: HarperVoyager an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007529919
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Publisher: HarperVoyager an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007529940
Publication date: 12th February 2015
Author: Emmi Itaranta
Publisher: HarperVoyager an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Science Fiction,
Categories: Science fiction,

About Emmi Itaranta

Emmi Itäranta was born in Tampere, Finland, where she also grew up. She holds an MA in Drama from the University of Tampere and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Kent, UK, where she began writing her award-winning debut novel Teemestarin kirja (The Tea Master’s Book) under the title Memory of Water. Itäranta wrote the full text in both Finnish and English. In 2011, Teemestarin kirja won the Sci-fi and Fantasy Literary Contest organised by the Finnish publishing house Teos, and in the following years Memory of Water was nominated for the ...

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