Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta

This book was slow in parts, but it had that feel about it which kept me going on with the story.
Set in the future, post-something awful, with characters looking back and wondering what our time was like.
I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and even after 2 weeks interval since finishing the book, I’m mulling over different scenes in the book as they come back and linger in my imagination.
I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone else, so won’t go into details of the story, I see no point in writing a spoiler, else what would be the point of anyone reading the book.
It is a worthwhile read.

4/5 Stars

Official description:

 

With the lyricism of Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, and the world building brilliance of Atwood, Emmi Itäranta’s effortless and poignant debut novel is a coming of age story full of emotional drama and wonderment.

Some secrets demand betrayal.

‘You’re seventeen, and of age now, and therefore old enough to understand what I’m going to tell you,’ my father said. ‘This place doesn’t exist.’

‘I’ll remember,’ I told him, but didn’t realise until later what kind of promise I had made.

When Noria Kaitio reaches her seventeenth birthday, she is entrusted with the secret of a freshwater spring hidden deep within the caves near her small rural village. Its preservation has been the responsibility of her family for generations.

Apprenticed to her father, one of the last true tea masters, when Noria takes possession of the knowledge, she become much more than the guardian of ancestral treasure; soon, she will hold the fate of everyone she loves in her hands. (less)

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