My Memories of a Future Life
If your life is another person's past …
What echoes do you leave in their soul?
Carol is a gifted musician who needs nothing more than her piano and certainly doesn’t believe she’s lived before. But forced by injury to stop playing, she fears her life may be over. Enter her soulmate Andreq: healer, liar, fraud - could he teach her how to live now? More
'Genius premise ... characters you won't want to leave behind.'
‘Reminded me of The End of Mr. Y and Our Tragic Universe, by Scarlett Thomas (one of my Top Shelf Authors = I Want To Write Like That When I Grow Up.)’
‘Reminded me of Doris Lessing--though much more readable.’
‘The ideas are fresh, the plot unpredictable and the characters interesting; I was entirely engaged and convinced. I also liked the writing very much, with its story within a story having echoes of Atwood's 'Blind Assassin'.
‘Distinct voice reminded me of Atwood's Handmaid's Tale.’
‘Having read Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black, which also explores the murky lives of charlatans, I was intrigued by the subject matter. What I got was a first class page-turner.’
‘I was reminded of Iain Banks; London =is artfully drawn, a gritty, grave place, where to step off the treadmill can leave one quickly on the outside.’
‘Reminded me at first of The Time Traveller's wife; the imagery is strong and it has layers of story within a story. However it grew into something quite different.’
‘Gave me the creepy feeling of Rosemary's Baby or the Wicker Man’
‘Like John Fowles's The Magus ... the sort of literature I enjoy reading, an unsettling plot with hints of more beyond. It's not the depressing realism of your typical Booker novelist or the light fluffiness of a slice of middle class city life.’
‘Like Murakami's Hard-Boiled Wonderland, although it uses its double narrative in a more straightforward fashion (which I appreciate).’
‘I have had to wrestle with monsters of professional jealousy to review this book. It is SO good.’
‘Reminds me of the canny cultural observations of Barbara Pym or Penelope Fitzgerald. Prepare to be surprised, mystified, and sorry it ends.’
‘Not easily categorised. Should I call it a literary novel? Science Fiction? Romance? You could make a case for any one.’
‘Excellent. Will read it again soon.’
If your life is another person's past…
What echoes do you leave in their soul?
Could they be the answers you need now?
Carol is a professional pianist who is forced by injury to rest. She’ll give anything to play again but medicine has run out of answers. When a close friend is cured of panic attacks by apparently remembering a past life, Carol is unwillingly drawn to try hypnosis – but she doesn’t believe in reincarnation so she asks to be taken to the future, her next life. Is she really experiencing her future self or just a psychological creation? And can it give her the answers she desperately needs?
My Memories of a Future Life is much more than a 'who was I' tale. It’s a study of the shadows we don’t know are driving our lives, from our own pasts and from the people with us right now. An examination of what we believe, what we create and how we scare and heal each other.
Above all, it’s the story of how one lost soul searches for where she now belongs.
'I was always fascinated by tales of regression to past lives,' says the author Roz Morris. ‘I thought, what if instead of going to the past, someone went to a future life? Who would do that? Why? What would they find?
‘I began to delve into the world of the classical musician. Musical scores are exacting and dictatorial - you play a note for perhaps a sixth of a second and not only that, there are instructions for how to feel - expressivo, amoroso.
'It's as if you don't play a piece of classical music; you channel the spirit of the composer. And I thought, what if she couldn’t do it any more? And then, what if I threw her together with someone who could trap the part of her that responded so completely to music?’
My Memories of a Future Life was originally published in 4 episodes. This is the complete novel.
Roz Morris is a writer, journalist, fiction editor and the author of Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence. She has a secret identity as a ghostwriter and is the author of several bestsellers under other names.
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