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The Memory Painter: A Novel
Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there’s a secret to Bryan’s success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. When Bryan awakes, he possesses extraordi ...more
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My purchase of Gwendolyn Womack’s The Memory Painter was something of a surprise. I mean no offense, but when push comes to shove I’m a bit of a penny pincher and rarely buy books blindly. Truth is, I’d not heard of this piece before spotting the striking yellow cover at the Historical Novel Society Conference bookstore and was entirely unfamiliar with the author. I queried a handful of my peers and while they agreed the boo ...more
The mystery deepens when Gwen sees the recurring nightmare that ...more
At the onset, I expected a novel like Bel Canto that showcased the power of art, mixed with a love story that bounced through time like The Time Traveler’s Wife. What delights me about the story is that it defies categorization.
Author Gwendolyn Womack has crafted a book that combines a love story, science fiction, historical fiction, and ...more
What if the lives you remember could lead to your one true love?
What if you learned, that for thousands of years, a deadly enemy has conspired to keep the two of you apart?"
That was on the back cover and it intrigued me. What if you were able to dream your past lives? In this book a man dreams them and paints them. It's a mystery to be solved because the same people occur over and over throughout their lives. The mystery is t ...more
“Our fates are intertwined. I will find you again and again until we build a bridge back to this life. Nothing is ever lost.”
My god it has been a while since a book had such a profound impact on me. I read a lot and constantly therefore findmyself being harder and harder to impress. However, this read has totally blew me away. I have raved to anyone who would listen about how much Iwasenjoying the book.Gwendolyn Womack is a GENIUS! The book is so thoroughly well planned and researched tha...more
**This book was sent to me in exchange for my honest review**
I thought this was great read. Especially for a debut author. Gwendolyn Womack is a good writer. So detailed and thorough in her storytelling. I was fascinated by the premise of the book, which she describes as a "supernatural historical thriller about a group of neuroscientists who unlock the secret to reincarnation". And that's the cliff notes version of what this book is about! There is SO much to explore and learn ...more
I read this one because my mom had gotten it from the library and thought I might like it due to the Time Trave ...more
Also, a book about reincarnation is most likely going to fall into the standard cliche ...more
First basic premise of the reincarnation love story: in every past life, the characters were not just a peasant raising pigs or even a dog or a tree, but someone historically famous. Someone’s who name is still a household name today.
The twist in this book is that as the the couple remember their different lives, they also recover the skills they earned in that life. I think Ms. Womack has just added a trope ...more
I was impressed by the last hundred or so pages, though, as the plot picked up; Womack has her MFA in screen writing and theatre, according to the inside flap, and it's very, very obvious. The plo ...more
The story line of this book really stood out for me. I love historical fiction but don't often rea ...more
The story gets more exciting when Bryan feels that he is rememb ...more
The plot moves along quickly and is very intriguing. There are twists to keep the reader guessing. It's just such a unique premise that I was simply mesmerized. I love when books shock me with the sheer genius of the idea--lik ...more
Bryan may just be the m ...more
I would liked to have given it more than three stars but it just didn't grip me like I was hoping.
I loved the premise of the book and some of the characters a lot, well, Linz and Bryan as themselves. I just couldn't get into living all of the lives they live and looking into the past. Of course, you throw in some evilness and there you go.
The way it ends leaves it wide open for ...more
What an amazing book! It makes me wish that life is truly like this premise; that it's a big circle and we're all connected, somehow, to other past lives. It is making me wonder who is in my life for a reason because we knew each other in a past life. The author put the story together so well and made it seamless, like a woven tapestry. It is definitely in my top five books read this year. I can't wait until book club tomorrow to discuss it!
This page turner captured my imagination and would not let go. The story spans time and space and is perfectly told. Brilliant debut for Ms. Womack. Congratulations. Looking forward to the next one.
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Her debut novel, THE MEMORY PAINTER, was published by Picador 4/28/15 in hardcover and 7/5/16 in paperback. The novel was a two-time American Booksellers Associati ...more