Welcome to The forgotten memories of Vera Glass By Anna Priemaza Blog Tour!
Those of you who frequent my blog know that I do not often post unannounced tour stops, but when the publicist contacted me about it, The idea of the book intrigued me so much That I decided to continue with it. (I will read the book myself and publish a review, but there was not enough time to do so before the tour date.) And now that I have read A beautiful and thought-provoking guest post by Priemaza, I’m very glad I decided to join so I can share with you.
Also be sure to scroll down to the gift to get a chance to win a copy of the book, and then also visit the other four stations on the tour – each station has its own gift, so there will be five winners in total!
But first, keep reading about Anna Priyama’s thoughts on the opposing nature of memory in ways it can be indelible and fleeting.
Things I wish I could remember
By Anna Primza
I wish I could remember what my grappa smelled like when he hugged me. Or the exact tone of his voice when he called me Annabella – the pet name only he called me, but it still feels part of my identity like my first name. I wish I could remember every moment I spent with him, every conversation we ever had.
Memory is a fickle, elusive thing.
For no particular reason, I can remember the name of my 11th grade history teacher, but not my twelfth grade creative writing teacher – even though I loved the last grade.
I do not remember when I lost my first tooth or got my first period, although one might think they were monumental events, especially since I remember they both happened very late. But I do remember playing in what was probably my fifth or sixth loose tooth, which was hanging by a gum line inside my mouth, and my teacher told me to go to the bathroom and not come back until she was outside. And I remember the years of menstrual cramps, and the one night in high school where the pain intensified so much that I cried out to God to keep me from committing suicide.
Even memory is a cruel thing sometimes. The undergraduate exam I most remember writing is the third year in algebra because I slept terribly the night before, had drunk too much tea before, and had to be accompanied to the bathroom by Proctor not just once, but twice. And because it was, I think, the worst exam I’ve ever written, that led to a significant drop in my course grade. I remember so clearly that in one undergraduate exam I was confused; I do not remember the dozens of exams I know I passed.
Similarly, what I remember most vividly from the end of my eighth grade is not how it felt to win somewhere around half of the prizes awarded, but how it felt to sit alone on stage at a gym party afterwards, when no child asked me to dance.
I do not remember the last hug Grampa gave me. I do not remember what we both said the last time I saw him in the hospital. I do not even remember who else spoke at his funeral, other than me.
But here are some things I do remember: I remember that when my grappa hugged me, I felt loved and safe. I remember he was proud of me. I remember that while he was not perfect, his love was perfect.
Memory is a fickle, elusive thing that eludes over time. But it’s also a beautiful thing. Because no matter how many details it hides from our minds as the years turn into decades, there are certain parts of people – the very core of their being, and the love we feel for them – that they can never steal from us.
The forgotten memories of Vera Glass By Anna Primza
Posted by Harry n. Abrams on November 16, 2021
Genres: Contemporary fantasy, young people
YA novel bends over a world where everyone has a little magic – but a little magic is used to change the world in indescribable ways
Laura has a nagging feeling that she’s forgetting something. Not her keys or her homework – something bigger. or someone. When she finds out that her best friend Riven is experiencing the same strange feeling, they set out on a mission to reveal what’s going on. Everyone in Vera’s world has a special ability – a little magic that helps them during the day. Maybe someone’s ability interferes with their memory? Or is something changing their very reality? Vera and Riven intend to mend it and regain all or what they have lost. But how do you find the truth when you can not even remember what you are looking for in the first place?
The forgotten memories of Vera Glass It is a contemporary YA novel cleverly constructed, heartbreaking and compelling – with a slight fantasy twist – about memory, love, but and the invisible connections that bind us together.
“The narrative concepts are innovative, and it’s easy to feel empathy for the characters … a smart head journey.”
Anna Primza is the author of Admires the glory and Kat and Meg conquer the world. This is her first speculative fictional work. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
- One (1) winner will receive a hardcover of The forgotten memories of Vera Glass By Anna Primza
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- Ends on 12/1 at 11:59 PM Eastern time
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