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The Rosie Project meets Tell the Wolves I'm Home in this endearing debut about what happens when a girl who can't forget befriends a man who's desperate to remember.
Dubbed a “Renaissance Man” by the New York Post, Val Emmich is truly a man of varied talents.
As an actor, he’s had recurring roles on HBO’s Vinyl (produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger), Showtime’s The Big C, ABC’s Ugly Betty, and a memorable guest role as Tina Fey’s coffee-boy fling, Jamie, on NBC’s 30 Rock.
Emmich is also an award-winning recording artist who’s released a dozen albums and toured the U.S. several times over.
The Reminders, his first novel, draws on his experiences on screen and stage, and is based on a short story that won an award in Glimmer Train’s New Writers competition.
Rights to The Reminders have already been sold to:
Complex Chinese: Delight Press
Dutch: Ambo Anthos
Simplified Chinese: Horizon
US: Little Brown (for publication in May 2017)
Film rights optioned by Faxon and Rash (Oscar-winning adapters of The Descendants, directors of The Way Way Back) and Bryan Unkeless (The Hunger Games).
Grief-stricken over his partner’s death, Gavin sets fire to every physical reminder in the couple's home. A neighbor captures the ordeal on video, turning this unsung TV actor into a household name. Now, Gavin is fleeing the hysteria of Los Angeles for New Jersey, hoping to find peace with the family of an old friend. Instead, he finds Joan.
Joan, the family's ten-year-old daughter, was born with the rare ability to recall every day of her life in cinematic detail. In seconds, she can tell you how many times her mother has uttered the phrase "it never fails" in the last six months (27) or what she was wearing when her grandfather took her fishing on a particular Sunday in June years ago (fox socks). Joan has never met Gavin until now, but she did know his partner, Sydney, and waiting inside her uncanny mind are half a dozen startlingly vivid memories to prove it.
Gavin strikes a deal with Joan: in return for sharing all her memories of Sydney, Gavin will help Joan win a local songwriting contest she's convinced could make her unforgettable. The unlikely duo sets 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.
"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
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