Publication Date: March 16, 2021
ARC from Atria and Netgalley.com
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Excerpt: She lets the words museum of memory settle on her tongue. A lovely turn of phrase, rich as sugared blueberries tucked into pastry.
The Memory Collectors is a quaintly odd story that requires a suspension of your logical mind when reading. This unique tale centers on Harriet Langdon, an elderly woman who hoards objects to the detriment of everyone around her, and Evelyn, a young Chinese-American woman who collects objects and resells them. Both women have a unique gift that allows them to feel the emotions people have left behind on the objects.
When Harriet accidentally meets Evelyn she is stunned to realize they share the unique gift. This gift has some very distinct drawbacks. Harriet has a vision of a museum that would house their objects and help people at the same time. However, Evelyn’s talent is necessary if she is to make the museum a success. Can these two very different women with a shared mysterious ability learn to work together to make the most of their ability? Underneath the layers of their relationship lie some dark secrets from the past. Will the darkness overwhelm their fledging venture?
The unique story contains an interesting secondary cast of characters that add to and help develop the story. Meet Owen, a creative artist who uses stray objects to create his work, and Noemi, Evelyn’s younger sister who is a colorful personality and rather distinctive in her own way.
The book was not quite what I expected. The undertones of darkness in the story overlaid the basic lightness that I have come to expect in books that have a basis in magical realism. Read the story and decide for yourself!
This copy was received from Atria and Netgalley. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.