I am super excited to be a part of THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS Blog Tour and to welcome Emily Barr to the blog with a guest post in which she shares the one memory she’d want if it were to be her only memory. (It sounds like an incredible memory to have. I can totally see why she would want to keep that memory forever.)
If you haven’t yet read THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS and met Flora and discovered what impact her one new memory has had on her life and followed her on her adventure, you will definitely want to. This is an amazing story with an incredibly brave and interesting and likable heroine who suffers from an affliction that would cause most people to give up.
It is full of surprises, and secrets, and twists and turns, and polar bears and puffins and a missing earless cat. It is sad and hopeful and charming and delightful. And is a read unlike any other.
This tour includes a giveaway for five copies of the book. So if you have a U.S. address and would like the chance to win a copy, enter in the Rafflecopter. And if you’d like to learn more about the book and author, their information is below.
To follow the tour to read reviews, author Q&As, guest posts, check out mood boards and other fun posts, the schedule with direct links to all the stops is at the end of the post.
About THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS
Title: THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS
Author: Emily Barr
Release date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Philomel Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Read an EXCERPT
Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. She lives under the careful watch of her parents, in a town she is familiar with, among people who are equally familiar with her story. She has not been able to recall any part of her past since she was ten, when the tumor that was removed from her brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this singular memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake and their shared kiss are responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step in reclaiming her life.
With little more than the tattoo “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is, how old, where she lives, and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to the land of the midnight sun–Svalbard, Norway. There she is determined to find Drake, and to explore the romantic possibilities and hopeful future that their reunion promises her. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.
Rich with psychological twists, powerful moments of hope, despair, and confusion, and a landscape very much a character unto itself, FLORA BANKS is an emotionally compelling and immersive read that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the depths of the human heart, and the power of the human mind.
The Guest Post
One Memory You Would (Or Wouldn’t) Want to be Your Only Memory
by Emily Barr
The one memory I would choose to keep for ever would be a day from earlier this year.
In January, my partner Craig and I visited Svalbard in winter (which is the very thing Flora Banks is constantly told not to do). When I was researching the book I went there in May, when it was broad daylight all day and all night, and I was extremely curious to see it at the opposite end of the year, when it never gets light but when the sky sometimes lights up with the Aurora Borealis, and when the temperatures are extraordinarily cold.
We weren’t there for long, and hoped we might be lucky enough to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights: on the bus from the airport we signed up for a text service from the driver, a man who is a bit of Svalbard legend. He has a long beard and is an expert on the Northern Lights and everything else Svalbard related.
We were excited to get a text one evening saying the Aurora was expected soon and a bus trip was going to be heading out to see it. We drank a coffee and went to the appointed meeting place; and so it was that we ended up, part of a group of tourists, standing at the top of a very steep hill, looking at the green-tinged sky and waiting. It was minus 20 degrees celsius (-4F) and the snow was deep. We waited and waited but nothing happened and it was intensely, incredibly cold. It turns out that cellphones switch themselves off at that temperature. It turns out that my feet do, too.
Eventually we all got back on the coach, feeling sad but resigned. As we drove away, somebody from the bus shouted ‘Look at the sky!’
We pulled over and the heavens exploded into green flames. The driver left us at the roadside (theoretically at the mercy of polar bears) while he went down the hairpin road to turn the bus around. We all went back up to the top of the mountain, and watched as the Northern Lights tore across the sky. It was like nothing else I’ve ever seen; as close as you can get, perhaps, to being on another planet. I never want to forget it.
About Emily Barr
Emily Barr (www.emilybarr.com) began her career as a journalist at the Guardian before realizing that she was drawn more toward books. After taking a year to go backpacking for a column assignment, she returned home with the idea for her first book, the New York Times bestseller Backpack, and never looked back. She has since written 11 additional books for adults. The One Memory of Flora Banks is her young adult debut. Emily lives in Cornwall with her partner and their children. You can follow her on Twitter @emily_barr.
- Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr (ARV: $17.99 each).
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The Tour Schedule
- May 1 | Butter My Books – Guest Post
- May 2 | Novel Novice – Svalbad Travel Guide
- May 3 | No More Grumpy Bookseller – Review
- May 4 | Pink Polka Dot books – Review + Favorite Quotes
- May 5 | Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Mood Board
- May 8 | Midsummer Reads – Author Q&A
- May 9 | Margie’s Must Reads – Review
- May 10 | Adventures of a Book Junkie – Author Q&A
- May 11 | Bibliophile Gathering – Review
- May 12 | Brittany’s Book Rambles – Guest Post