The Reminders


By Val Emmich

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From the author of Dear Evan Hansen, The Reminders is perfect for fans of J. Courtney Sullivan’s The Engagement or Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project, and follows what happens when a girl who can’t forget befriends a man who’s desperate to remember.

Grief-stricken over his partner Sydney’s death, Gavin sets fire to every reminder in the couple’s home before fleeing Los Angeles for New Jersey, where he hopes to find peace with the family of an old friend. Instead, he finds Joan.

Joan, the family’s ten-year-old daughter, was born Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, or HSAM: the rare ability to recall every day of her life in cinematic detail. Joan has never met Gavin until now, but she did know his partner, and waiting inside her uncanny mind are startlingly vivid memories to prove it.

Gavin strikes a deal with Joan: in return for sharing her memories of Sydney, Gavin will help her win a songwriting contest she’s convinced will make her unforgettable. The unlikely duo set off on their quest until Joan reveals unexpected details about Sydney’s final months, forcing Gavin to question not only the purity of his past with Sydney but the course of his own immediate future. Told in the alternating voices of these two irresistible characters, The Reminders is a hilarious and tender exploration of loss, memory, friendship, and renewal.



Dad forgot me.

I'm waiting with my guitar on the hard steps and there's an ant by my sneaker. She's just a tiny thing, but I'd rather be that, a tiny thing that no one notices, than a real girl who everyone sees but isn't worth remembering.

Miss Caroline is waiting with me. The man in the car is ready to take her home, but she can't leave until I do. "I'll try your father again."

She only has to press her phone once because she's already called Dad and left him a message. After a quiet minute she pulls the phone away from her ear and makes her voice extra-sweet. "Don't worry, Joan. I'm sure he'll be here soon."

She's acting so nice, which only embarrasses me more. The one good part about this whole thing is that today was my last Young Performers class and as soon as Dad picks me up, I'll never have to face Miss Caroline again.

"What time is it?" I say.

"Almost five," Miss Caroline says.

Class ended at 4:30. Dad and I are usually in the car by 4:40. "I'm sorry."

"Forget about it, Joan."

But I can't forget about it. That's the whole problem. I can't forget anything.

This isn't just about Dad not coming to pick me up today. It's about Dad and me seeing a red bird in a tree in 2011 and then me asking him if he remembers the other red bird we saw two years before that on Wednesday, April 29, 2009. He has to think about it for a while and then he says, "Yes," but the way he says it, I know he doesn't remember the other red bird at all and I don't feel as close to him as I want to feel.

And it's about Mom saying, "It never fails," and me doing a quick count of all the times she's said "It never fails" in the past six months (twenty-seven). Then I ask Mom to guess what the number is and I give her a hint that the number is less than fifty but more than ten, but instead of playing my game, Mom says, "What do you want from me, Joan?" and walks away.

And it's about people telling stories about things that have happened to all of us and them making faces when I mention how they got a certain part of the story wrong. Then Dad has to explain to me that for most people, memories are like fairy tales, which means they're simpler and funnier and happier and more exciting than how life really is. I don't understand how people can pretend something happened differently than it actually did, but Dad says they don't even realize they're pretending.

Miss Caroline walks down the steps to speak to the man in the car. They talk quietly and then the man turns off his engine, which is good for the environment, and leans his seat all the way back like Grandpa does when it's nap time.

Miss Caroline comes up the steps and says, "What are you drawing?"

I shut my journal. "Nothing." I don't mind if my future husband shows everyone my drawings after I die, like Yoko did for John, but right now my drawings are private.

John Lennon is Dad's favorite musician and mine too. Dad wanted my first name to be Lennon but Mom vetoed that, which is something a wife can do, says Mom. So Dad put Lennon in the middle and that makes me Joan Lennon Sully. The middle is a good spot for important names. John Lennon's middle name was Winston, after Winston Churchill, who is a person that everyone remembers.

People have all kinds of reasons for why they don't remember. They blame it on their batteries dying, or their ears not hearing right, or just being too busy, or too old, or too tired. But really it's because they don't have enough room inside their boxes.

When I was turning five, Mom bought me a box for all my art. She was fed up with me leaving my drawings and projects around the house. She told me to choose which pieces were most important because there wasn't enough room in the box to keep everything. That's how it is with people's brains. There's only enough room for the most important memories and the rest gets thrown away. When I'm the thing that gets thrown away, because I'm not important enough, it's hard not to get the blues like John Lennon on The White Album when he sings, I'm lonely and I wanna die. Especially when I would never throw anyone else away, because my brain never runs out of room. I just want it to be fair.

I wish I could always be important and never forgotten like John Lennon and Winston Churchill, but I know I can't. I learned a few years ago that I'm not safe in anyone's box, not even my own grandmother's.

Saturday, February 13, 2010: Grandma's new home.

"Grandma, it's me, Joan."

She looks confused. "I'm Joan."

"I know, Grandma. I'm Joan too. I got my name from you."

Dad pulls me aside. "She's just tired, honey."

"She doesn't remember me."

"Yes, she does. Of course she does. She just…"

"Grandma. It's me."

She tries. She really tries. But I'm not there.

Grandma Joan had to throw me out of her brainbox so she could have enough room for the lyrics to all her favorite songs. She remembered those until the day she died (Saturday, October 8, 2011).

I've tried to help people remember by leaving them notes and giving them hints. I even paid attention to the news when it said blueberries make brains stronger and I asked Mom to buy a huge carton and I made my family eat them all, but it was just a waste of time. If Grandma Joan was able to forget me, that means anyone can. Even Dad.

"What time is it now?" I ask, strumming my guitar.

"Five after five."

A car is coming fast, but it passes by. I play a minor chord because I'm not in the mood for a happy sound.

Miss Caroline looks up at the clouds in the sunny sky and says, "It's been so long since we've had rain."

"Actually, it rained on June twentieth, which was a Thursday, and that was less than three weeks ago."

"Is that right?"

"Yes, it is."

She seems impressed. "Did you always have such an amazing memory?"

"No," I say. "I got it when I fell on my head in Home Depot."

Miss Caroline laughs, but I'm telling the truth. My friend Wyatt knows all about comic books and the Internet and he told me that falling on my head in Home Depot is what gave me my highly superior autobiographical memory and falling on my head again in Home Depot would make me lose it. That's why I haven't gone back to that store after all these years.

I was only two when it happened (I'm ten now). Dad stood me up in the back of the orange shopping cart and he wasn't watching me and I leaned over the edge and fell. My head slammed onto the concrete and Dad yelled out, not like he yells at other drivers but like he yells when he doesn't use an oven mitt and his hand touches the top of the toaster. He lifted me off the concrete and rushed me out of the store.

But I don't tell any of this to Miss Caroline because she's too busy looking at her clipboard. Her finger is sliding down the page to where it says emergency contact.

"Who's Jack Sully?" she says.

"My grandpa."

She pushes her lips out like she's being forced to kiss an ugly man.

"I can walk home," I say. "I don't live far away."

"I can't let you do that, Joan."

She calls Grandpa and leaves him a message. She's already called Mom. "Has this ever happened before, where you can't get in touch with anyone?" Miss Caroline asks.

"No," I say and it's true. Sometimes people can't believe that I can go through all my memories so quickly, but it's not like trying to find the one pen that works in Mom's junk drawer. It's more like turning on a light, and the switch is always right under my finger.

"Here's what we'll do," Miss Caroline says. "At five twenty, we'll call everyone one more time. If we still can't get in touch with them, we'll see if we can get some help."

"What kind of help?"

"Maybe someone can drop by your house."

"Who? Your friend?"

"No," Miss Caroline says. "But let's not jump the gun just yet."

I wonder who she's talking about and why she wants to keep the person a secret and then I think about the words emergency and help and gun and I know who Miss Caroline wants to call. I keep my eyes on the street because I'm worried that if I look over at Miss Caroline a tear might accidentally slip out.

I can probably make a run for it because I pretty much know my way around Jersey City, but even if I did make it home I don't have house keys. I look around for that tiny ant but she's gone. I hope she made it back to her family.

I hear a rumble like light thunder and I look up to the sky, but the sun is still shining. The rumble gets louder and closer and it's coming from an engine. The engine is inside a big white van that appears up the street. It honks its horn and stops right in front of us. Sully & Sons is written on its side and I'm expecting Grandpa to step out of it, but it's Dad. He tells us there was an accident on the turnpike and his phone died. "I'm really sorry," Dad says. "Thank you so much for staying with her."

"It's totally fine," Miss Caroline says, but it's not even a little bit fine. What was Dad doing on the turnpike anyway? He was supposed to be home, working in his studio.

Dad helps me into the passenger seat and belts me up. There are no seats in the back of the van, which is why Dad is letting me sit up front. It makes me think of when I sat in the front of Dad's old van four summers ago and watched him fill it up with all his drum equipment. I asked him if I could go with him to Boston and he said, "Maybe when you're older." I'm older now but he sold his van last year and he doesn't really play shows anymore.

"Why are you driving Grandpa's van?"

"I was helping him out today." The way Dad says it, it's like he isn't too sure about the words he wants to use. Songwriters like Dad and me are very careful with our words.

The back of the van is full of tools, which makes me think of Home Depot, which makes me think of the one way I can lose my gift or condition or disease or whatever you want to call it. If I can't get other people to remember better, maybe I can force myself to remember worse.

"I don't want to go home," I say.

"Okay," Dad says, trying to be cheery. "Where would you like to go?"

Maybe it's finally time to go back to Home Depot. I could climb to a high spot and dive down so my head would hit the concrete. It would hurt a lot, but only for a little while. Afterward I'd finally know what everyone means when they say I don't recall and I'd always have an excuse for why I didn't do something I said I was going to do, like pick my daughter up on time from Young Performers class.

But I don't really want to go to Home Depot. I just want to feel better. Maybe I'd be okay if it were just small forgetting, like when people miss my half-birthday or they don't remember to put suntan lotion on the tops of my ears or they forget that my least favorite saying is Forget about it. But it hurts too bad when the thing people keep forgetting is me.

We're at a red light and Dad is trying to get my attention by waving his hand in front of my face. Instead of looking at him, I grab the newspaper that's lying on the floor of the van and pretend to read it.

"I saved that for you," Dad says.

The newspaper is folded back to show a certain page. "What's my name, Dad?"

"What are you talking about?"

"My name. What is it?"

He answers very slowly. "Your name is Joan."

"Sure, you say that today. But who knows about tomorrow."

Dad breathes out like he's really tired. "Joan, I'm sorry I was late. I don't know what else you want me to say."

I look down in my lap and spot something in the newspaper that Dad saved for me. There are tons of little boxes on the page and inside one of the boxes are five words in big capital letters:


I read all the information in the box and I start to get a brand-new idea.

"Tell me where I'm going, Joan. I need an answer."

Grandma forgot a lot of things at the end, including me, but not music. Just like Dad will sometimes forget to buy almond milk at the store even when it's on his shopping list, but he will always hum along to every single note of the guitar solo in Michael Jackson's "Beat It," even if he hasn't heard the song in years. The best part about music is that it keeps playing. When Dad forgets about someone like Michael Jackson for a while, he'll hear one of his songs and all of a sudden he'll remember how much he likes him. That's because songs are like reminders.

"I can't drive around in circles, Joan."

"Go home, Dad."

"I thought you didn't want to."

"I changed my mind."

Dad mumbles something as he spins the wheel and the big white van spins with it. My head is spinning too, like the top of a helicopter, and I'm lifting over all the bad feelings, because I might have just found a way to make sure that Dad and Mom and Grandpa and Miss Caroline and everyone else in the world never forget me.


There's this idea of the phantom limb. A man who's lost his arm still feels the arm and behaves as if the arm is intact. What I have, then, is a phantom love.

We lived together for four years. Two years in Sydney's West Hollywood apartment and two years here, in our house in Los Feliz. He died one month ago and ever since, I've lived alone. But I don't feel alone. Everywhere I turn are reminders, some three-dimensional, others invisible, all of them speaking and taking up space.

For instance, this chair I'm in now has plenty to say. We found it at the Rose Bowl. It's a nineteenth-century antique, English, with lion's-paw feet and a floral design. Syd had an eye for this type of stuff, could discern the prize from the junk.

I remember when we first brought it home. I can hear myself now, complaining about how uncomfortable the chair is. I hear Sydney laughing, explaining that it's not supposed to be comfortable. It's a visual piece, he's telling me. Please, Mr. Winters, if you must sit, sit on the couch. And yet he himself would sit in the chair. He loved this chair.

But I can't say I love it, not anymore. Not when the voice I hear isn't even Sydney's but some distant and muted approximation of the way he sounded.

I stand up and drag the heavy chair through the house, through the kitchen, and into the backyard. I lay the chair on its side, raise my boot over the top leg, and stomp down. The broken limb dangles from chewy fibers, the amputation not complete until I've twisted a dozen times and yanked the thing off. I detach the other three legs in the same fashion.

I uncover the fire pit and form a tepee with the legs. The rusted lighter near the grill still has juice, but its blue flame won't stick to the antique logs. I could quit now. Or I could go get some kindling.

In the straw box under our bed, I find notes, photos, envelopes. We really were sentimental saps, the pair of us. We kept everything: the crude portraits we drew of each other while giddy on molly; my shoelace headband from our first hike in Griffith Park (my hair was long when we started dating); the paper airplane I made with Swissair on one wing, Take Me with You on the other; and, from one of our marathon dinners in the canyon, a matchbook.

While I'm here, I strip the bed. His scent lingers, real or phantom, I don't know. I toss the linens on top of the memory box and carry the whole lot through the bends of our bungalow.

I dump it all in the pit and wave the lighter again. A crackle as the flame takes and spreads. I watch the mass heat up and grow, feeling a sense of accomplishment.

It takes many trips, but I rid the house of all reminders:

The rug where I found his body.

His phone.

Forest painting from nobody artist.

Linen curtains, chosen by Syd, hung by me.

Wireless speakers from one of his clients.

New Age guides to success and enlightenment.

Issues of Food & Wine, Forbes, Esquire that had been neatly stacked on Danish modern coffee table.

Danish modern coffee table.

Earbuds, mine, but we shared them once in the theater before previews began; we each took an ear and enjoyed half-stereo Passion Pit.

Pictures in frames, both laptops, clothes, favorite tea mug, ski poles, Ping-Pong balls, unused parenting books, mail, postcards, birthday cards, business cards, sympathy cards, it's-the-holiday-look-at-our-children cards.

All these items lie scattered on the overgrown grass, waiting their turn in the fire. There won't be room until the pile melts down. At the moment, nothing much is happening.

I grab Sydney's tennis racket, jab at the heap. I poke and prod, breaking up the cluster, letting air squeeze into the gaps. Something sizzles, and the rubble finally ignites.

Even this, staring into the fire, is a memory. We were out here with our cocktails, resting our feet on the low brick wall. We had just bought the house and out of this new feeling of adulthood came a list of plans: more traveling, rings, even talk of a baby.

A spark leaps from the pit into the cuff of my pants. Syd bought them for me during one of our last shopping runs. I untie my boots, slide the chinos down, and sail them across the western sky. They land atop the summit like a fallen flag.

In the kitchen, I fix myself a cocktail. Gin, Campari, sweet red vermouth: a Negroni, Syd's drink of the moment. The fridge is empty, so I do without the orange rind. Reaching into the freezer for ice, I notice the bracelet on my wrist. It's an ugly thing made of cheap leather. We purchased two of them—one for each of us—while on vacation in Mexico. Only this one remains.

I reach for the metal clasp, start to undo the circle, but stop myself. Nose pressed to the leather, eyes shut, I inhale, and there it is, the past, awakened. A flash of us in Mexico, Sydney's gringo tan. I don't visualize it as much as experience it a second time, the sensation of it, just for a few seconds. But it's long enough. I decide to spare the bracelet for now.

I rinse a dirty fork and plunge it into the cherry-red mixture. While I'm stirring, I see it through the back window, what I've done. It's glorious and way out of hand. Illuminating the night, a zigzagging fury spitting orange danger everywhere.

I run outside, giggling. Maybe terror or elation or madness, all of the above, but I'm laughing. I raise my glass in front of the blaze.

"Good-bye," I say.

"I love you," I say.

And then: "I'm sorry."

Around me, the night buzzes. Voices through the fence, a figure in a neighbor's window. Hot wind blows against my neck. I turn back to the fire, now spilling from the pit and climbing the post that supports the porch awning. I step away, finish the last of my drink, and watch all our memories rise in smoke and vanish in the night.


The deadline for the Next Great Songwriter Contest is two weeks away and it's perfect because school is over and now I can spend all my time writing. The winning song will stream on a very popular website that people from all over the world visit. That's what the ad in the newspaper says.

To win the contest I'll need a song that can make people want to dance or cry. Those are the two strongest feelings music can give you. When people dance they forget and when they cry they remember. I don't know which is better for votes, dancing or crying, forgetting or remembering, so I'm starting with the dance song.

I'm down in Dad's studio right now, wiggling my pick over my G chord like I'm shaking up a carton of OJ. I'm using a special guitar pick that has my name on it, which was a gift from my mom's friend Sydney (Sunday, September 9, 2012).

I tap Dad's shoulder and he slides his headphones off one ear.

"How does this sound?" I say, playing him my dance idea.

He doesn't look excited. "I'm pretty sure that's 'I Want You to Want Me' by Cheap Trick."

The contest song has to be an original, which means I can't send them something that was already written by another person. I don't understand how Dad can remember the name of every single artist there ever was and which songs they sang but can't remember which password he uses for which website.

Dad makes music for commercials and TV shows and movies, which is probably one of the best jobs anyone could ever have, especially because he gets to do it at home. We live in a building made for two families but instead of having two families, we have our family on the top half and Dad has his recording studio on the bottom half.

Dad's studio is crowded with stuff, but not in a way that makes you crazy; in a way that makes you excited. Everywhere you turn there's something to look at (posters, books, souvenirs) and ask about ("What does CBGB OMFUG mean?"). It's packed with odd-looking instruments, like a Stylophone, which is a tiny synthesizer that you play with a pen, and a theremin, which makes a spooky ghost sound when you wave your hands over the top of it. Dad's studio is a factory where songs get made and also a museum full of strange objects and also a secret hideout where no one bothers you and also a place where you can dream about what might happen with your life when you grow up.

I'd much rather be down here than upstairs in our own house, not just because the furniture is newer and the couch is more comfortable, but because I get to be with Dad. He teaches me about old music and lets me bang on the drums and trusts me to refill his coffee mug.

Also, he lets me play his guitars. Dad has a dozen guitars down here, but the one I'm playing right now is my favorite. It's the Gibson J-160E, the same one John Lennon liked to use.

Everyone remembers John Lennon because his songs play in supermarkets and elevators and arenas and also in commercials and movies and on the radio and across the Internet. He's remembered in England and in both Americas, and Dad says he's even huge in Japan. Dad has his music on MP3 and CD and vinyl and cassette. All I have to do is write just one song as good as John Lennon did, a song that can keep playing forever and ever, always reminding people.

But I can't do it alone. "Are you going to help me, Dad?"

"I can't right now."

He's already got his headphones back on and his eyes are pointed at the computer. It looks like he's mixing a song, which means he's setting each instrument to the perfect level.

I'm flipping through my journal, looking at all the songs I've written over the past few months, and I'm wondering if there's something in here I can use. My journal is like having a second copy of all my memories, just like Dad makes a backup of all the music he records. We do this so that if something bad happens we won't lose our important stuff, which is what happened to Grandma Joan when she got sick.

She was a musician too. One of the last songs I ever heard her sing was an Elvis song (Don't be cruel to a heart that's true) and I was really wishing she'd do a better job of paying attention to the lyrics. When she forgot me, it felt like she was taking the end of a giant pencil and erasing me right as I stood there. It must be the best feeling in the world to be able to stop worrying about how much you mean to people. Once I win the Next Great Songwriter Contest, I'll finally know how that feels.

I tap Dad again. "What if we record ten songs and we choose whichever one comes out the best? Because sometimes a song will sound good when you write it, but then it sounds totally different after you record it. What do you think? Maybe we can record one song every day and then after ten days we'll still have extra time at the end to make one song absolutely perfect. Also, we need to find a great singer, like maybe Christina. Do you think she'd do it?"

I'm done speaking but maybe Dad doesn't know it because he's not looking at my mouth, he's looking down at his lap and taking a long time to answer. "I'm not going to be here tomorrow."

"That's okay. We can start the next day."


I love hearing my name but sometimes it means trouble. "Yes?"

"Put down the guitar, please."

Now I'm really nervous. Dad and me always like to play our instruments while we talk to each other, even though it annoys other people when we do it.

He leans over with his elbows on his knees and he faces the carpet and pulls at his hair. "I've been meaning to tell you." He looks up and his eyes are soupy and his hair shoots into the air like a porcupine that's lost his points on all sides but one. "I told you I was helping out Grandpa today. Well, I'm going to be helping him out every day from now on. I'll be working with him full-time."

"What about working here in your studio?"

He takes a deep breath, which is always bad news, and he says, "We're closing the studio."

Friday, April 1, 2011: Dad drops me at school and he hands me my lunch and he says, "We ran out of hummus, so I made you a mustard sandwich instead," and my face gets hot, but then Dad smiles and says, "April Fool's."

But it's not April. It's July.

"I don't understand."

"I love being a musician," Dad says. "You know that. Ever since I was your age, it's all I've ever wanted to be. But making a business work is another thing. This new job will allow us to do a lot more. We can fix up the house upstairs and we can sign you up for more classes and before you know it, it'll be time to send you off to college. Your mother won't have to work so hard over the summers; she can relax. And guess what—she's already planning a family vacation. When's the last time we all got on a plane together?"

Dad gets on a plane every year when he goes to the South by Southwest festival in Texas, and last summer Mom took me to see a doctor in Arizona, but Dad couldn't come because he was finishing up an important project, and just last month Mom and Dad flew alone to Los Angeles for Sydney's funeral. But all three of us have never been on a plane together, not even once.

We were supposed to take a vacation last year, but that didn't happen for some reason. I wasn't upset about it like Mom was. Planes sound cool but they're actually pretty boring once you're in them. Not like a recording studio.

"What about my song?" I say. "You said you'd record it for me."

"Of course. The plan is to rent out the space, but that's not going to happen until September, earliest. I won't start moving out until August. I've still got a few projects I'm working on. I'll finish those up on nights and weekends. After that, I'm all yours."

This studio used to be an empty apartment before Dad moved his equipment in and before he set up his red phone, the one he answers by saying, "You've reached Monkey Finger Productions. This is Ollie." I look around at Dad's amazing stuff and I wonder where it's all going to go and I also wonder where I'm going to go when I want to write my songs or just hang out with Dad while he's working.

"Hey," he says, trying to stop my tears before they start. "Remember how you felt when you left Concordia and started at PS Eight? You thought you were going to hate it, but now you love it? It'll be hard at first, but it's for the best. I really think so. I really do."

He pulls me in. I always like to hug Dad but tonight he's crunching my bones and it's giving me a scary feeling in my chest.



  • "Emmich performs a bit of creative his warm and winning debut—Huffington Post
  • "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 stars."—The Aquarian
  • "this is a sad, sweet story of the pain and joy of the past, the curse of remembering everything, and the importance of new friendships."—Book Riot
  • "Beautiful and beguiling, a story that will stay with you long after you finish reading it"—Popsugar
  • "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."
    Library Journal
  • "Achingly sweet and unexpectedly nuanced.... profoundly likable pair of leading characters."—Kirkus
  • "Charming and relatable."—Booklist
  • "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".—Kirkus Review
  • "All of the characters grow throughout the book,making Emmich's novel worthyof being remembered—

On Sale
May 30, 2017
Page Count
320 pages

Val Emmich

About the Author

Val Emmich is a New York Times bestselling author, singer-songwriter, and actor. His novels include The Reminders and Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel, the adaptation of the hit Broadway show.

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