The Memory Painter

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The Memory Painter

A Novel of Love and Reincarnation

By Gwendolyn Womack

Picador USA, Hardcover, 9781250053039, 336pp.

Publication Date: April 28, 2015


What if there was a drug that could help you remember past lives?
What if the lives you remembered could lead you to your one true love?
What if you learned that, for thousands of years, a deadly enemy had conspired to keep the two of you apart?
Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there's a secret to his success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. When Bryan awakes, he possesses extraordinary new the ability to speak obscure languages and an inexplicable genius for chess. All his life, he has wondered if his dreams are recollections, if he is re-experiencing other people's lives.

Linz Jacobs is a brilliant neurogeneticist, absorbed in decoding the genes that help the brain make memories, until she is confronted with an exact rendering of a recurring nightmare at one of Bryan's shows. She tracks down the elusive artist, and their meeting triggers Bryan's most powerful dream yet: visions of a team of scientists who, on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer's, died in a lab explosion decades ago.

As Bryan becomes obsessed with the mysterious circumstances surrounding the scientists' deaths, his dreams begin to reveal what happened at the lab, as well as a deeper mystery that may lead all the way to ancient Egypt. Together, Bryan and Linz start to discern a pattern. But a deadly enemy watches their every move, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that the past stays buried.

A taut thriller and a timeless love story spanning six continents and 10,000 years of history, "The Memory Painter" by Gwendolyn Womack is a riveting debut novel unlike any you've ever read.

About the Author
GWENDOLYN WOMACK grew up in Houston, Texas. She studied theatre at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and then moved to California, where she received an MFA in Directing Theater, Video, and Cinema at the California Institute of the Arts and was a semi-finalist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences s prestigious Nicholl Fellowship. Currently she lives in California. The Memory Painter is her first novel.


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