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Memory of Water: A Novel Paperback – June 10 2014

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  • Publisher : Harper Voyager (June 10 2014)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062326155
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062326157
  • Item weight : 295 g
  • Dimensions : 1.78 x 13.46 x 20.07 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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“An emotionally nuanced study in morality, which draws its suspense from love, choices, and the mark that everyone leaves on the world.” -- Helsingin Sanomat - Finland newspaper

“An exceptionally fine debut novel in which all elements come together in a controlled and well-considered manner. At the same time, the novel is fascinating and addictive.” -- Turun Sanomat - Finland newspaper

“Where Itäranta shines is in her rejection of conventional plots and in her understated but compelling characters. The work is a deceptively tranquil examination of a world of dust and ashes where the tenacious weed of hope still survives.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The writing is gorgeous and delicate in this dystopian award-winning debut, which is unique in both its setting and the small scale that Finnish author Itäranta employs.” -- Library Journal (starred review) on Memory of Water

“Itäranta’s lyrical style makes this dystopian tale a beautiful exploration of environmental ethics and the power of ritual.” -- Washington Post Book World on MEMORY OF WATER

“[Memory of Water] is simultaneously a coming-of-age story, a fantastic adventure, and a bold warning about a future that is all too real.” -- Portland Book Review on MEMORY OF WATER

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The award-winning speculative debut novel, now in English for the first time!

In the far north of the Scandinavian Union, now occupied by the power state of New Qian, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio studies to become a tea master like her father. It is a position that holds great responsibility and a dangerous secret. Tea masters alone know the location of hidden water sources, including the natural spring that once provided water for her whole village. When Noria's father dies, the secret of the spring reaches the new military commander . . . and the power of the army is vast indeed. But the precious water reserve is not the only forbidden knowledge Noria possesses, and resistance is a fine line.

Threatened with imprisonment, and with her life at stake, Noria must make an excruciating, dangerous choice between knowledge and freedom.

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