Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together - and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory", the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.
Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel's unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now "Lucy" in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.
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"The story moves slowly and predictably, though when a plot finally materializes, [Brashares] manages some satisfying momentum, even if the story begins to feel like it's borrowed from a James Patterson novel. " - Publishers Weekly
"Readers tantalized by the possibilities of past lives and soul-mate connections will devour this unabashed romance, which has the heart-pounding pace and tone of a beach novel..." - Booklist
"Brashares's second adult novel ...is reminiscent of Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife, and Daniel and Sophia's near misses and chance encounters captivate and entrance us." - Library Journal
"Plenty of grown up "Pants" fans will swoon for this hokey but undeniably effective romance, and an ambiguous ending leaves the door ajar for a sequel." - Kirkus Reviews
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Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland with
her three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the DC area called Sidwell
Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University
in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school,
Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for
school. Loving her job, she never went to graduate school, and instead, remained
in New York City and worked as an editor for many years. Ann made the transition
from editor to full-time writer with her first novel, The Sisterhood of the
When asked where the idea for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants came from she replies: "It started with a conversation. A woman I used to work...
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