"Emmich performs a bit of creative magic...in his warm
and winning debut
"Like Nick Hornby, Emmich has a knack for avoiding the
treacly and saccharine while finding magic in unlikely relationships."
—National Book Review
"Charming, raw and filled with empathy and sorrow, THE
REMINDERS is also a refreshing look into the lives of people on the road to
healing and new purpose, and for these reasons alone I give THE REMINDERS five
"this is a sad, sweet story of the pain and joy of
the past, the curse of remembering everything, and the importance of new
"Beautiful and beguiling, a story that will stay with
you long after you finish reading it"
"Val Emmich has created an indelible cast of complex and quirky characters who drew me in for an emotional and humorous ride. THE REMINDERS is a book brimming with heart and soul-you really must read it!"
—Garth Stein, bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
"In a story that is both startlingly original and deeply familiar, [Val Emmich] has given literature a remarkable young heroine, Joan, and a series of seemingly small events that add up to the kind of story small classics are made of. I could not stop reading, and was bereft when the story ended."
—Jacquelyn Mitchard, bestselling author The Deep End of the Ocean
"I thoroughly enjoyed The Reminders. It's a wonderful and unusual story told in a beautifully understated way. Quietly magnificent"—Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things
"An endearing and wise novel. I adored the unlikely friendship between a gifted child who remembers everything and a grieving man who is trying to forget. Emmich brings a compassionate, often comical, and always true eye to his storytelling. Ten-year-old Joan says a good song should either make you want to dance or cry, and The Reminders does both."
—Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child
"Emmich captures the voices of Joan and Gavin, two such different characters, brilliantly. Actor and musician Emmich (Vinyl; Ugly Betty; 30 Rock) can confidently add "novelist" to his list of achievements. He has written a quirky, touching, and addictive read."
"Achingly sweet and unexpectedly nuanced.... profoundly likable pair of leading characters."
"Charming and relatable."
"An entertaining and emotionally powerful read."
"This is a book that leaves you feeling better about
life and the role we play, either on purpose or inadvertently".
"All of the characters grow throughout the book,making Emmich's
novel worthyof being remembered—NJ.com