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A compelling and perceptive tale of intimacy, memory and relationships from the No.1 bestselling author. How can you know someone you've never met? Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn't. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair. Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonely and restless. He arrives in Dublin to give a lecture on art and meets an attractive doctor, who persuades him to donate blood. It's the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time. When Joyce leaves hospital after a terrible accident, with her life and her marriage in pieces, she moves back in with her elderly father. All the while, a strong sense of deja vu is overwhelming her and she can't figure out why ...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780007233694
ISBN-10: 0007233698
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Harper
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » Bestselling Irish author Ahern (There's No Place Like Here, 2008, etc.) is at it again with a tale of deja vu via blood transfusions.The novel opens with Joyce lying at the bottom of her stairs and bleeding, barely conscious but knowing the worst - this fall has cost her her pregnancy. When she wakes in the hospital her dear old dad is there, though husband Conor is away on business and his less-than-prompt return bodes ill for the relationship - in fact, Joyce dispatches with her loveless marriage soon after returning to her childhood home. Loss of her baby (devastating as she's been trying for years) and imminent divorce (less devastating as Conor, away most of the year on business, will hardly be missed) is not the only upheaval in Joyce's life. She's just not quite the same person - she now eats meat, speaks fluent Italian, has a vast knowledge of European art and architecture and, creepiest of all, has someone else's memories. Little does she know that a month prior, dashing American Justin Hitchcock (you guessed it - visiting lecturer at Trinity College on European art and architecture) donated a pint of his blood, which she received at the emergency room. Over time, the two bump into each other at a hair salon; he sees her on television; he sees her riding a tour bus in London; she sees him at the ballet. At each sighting and ensuing missed opportunity, they feel an inexplicable connection, a kind of love at first sight. Though the reader is certainly expected to root for their romance, the essential relationship of the novel is between Joyce and her aged father. Not only are the two together for most of the novel, their relationship is tender and funny and far more authentic than the rather odd premise of Joyce and Justin's destiny.Ahern's nice comic timing and affectionate portrayal of a father and daughter saves this from becoming just another (slightly weird) chick-lit romance. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Cecelia Ahern

Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern studied Journalism at university. Her first novel, PS, I Love You, became an instant international bestseller and was adapted into a major movie. Her subsequent novels have also all been bestsellers. When she's not busy writing novels, Cecelia also writes for TV and the stage. Her books are published in 46 countries and have sold over 13 million copies. Cecelia lives in Dublin with her family.

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