The Memory Painter: A Novel of Love and Reincarnation (Paperback)
The story begins with Linz, a talented neurogeneticist researching memory and and decoding genes that help the brain make memories. She has been plagued by a vivid nightmare from her childhood, and is confronted by a perfect rendition of her dream in a painting in an artist's show. From this intriguing introduction, the story quickly gains momentum and doesn't quit. What if there was a drug that helped Alzheimer's patients regain their memory? What would happen if a healthy person took that drug? What if we could remember our previous lives and those we lived them with? What if those connections followed us throughout many incarnations? I highly recommend this smart thriller! You won't be able to put it down.— From Kym recommends
May 2015 Indie Next List
“Most of us can't remember our early childhood. What if, thanks to a powerful experimental pharmaceutical, you could access ancient memories -- not your own, but other people's -- and acquire their skill sets and languages, too? Neurogenetics may be a new frontier, but for artist Bryan Pierce, it's not about a drug, it's all about dreams -- dreams in which he might be re-experiencing lives stretching back millennia and gaining dangerous knowledge. Womack couples modern science with imaginative concepts of time, history, and myth in this masterful debut.”
— Barbara Peters, The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ
WINNER OF THE RWA PRISM AWARD FOR BEST TIME TRAVEL/STEAMPUNK AND A FINALIST FOR BEST FIRST BOOK
A thriller, a romance, a 10,000-year adventure...The Memory Painter is "the guy-meets-girl story as you've never heard it before" (Refinery29).
Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist, whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there's a secret to Bryan's success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. Bryan believes these dreams are really recollections--possibly even flashback from another life--and he has always hoped that his art will lead him to an answer. And when he meets Linz Jacobs, a neurogenticist who recognizes a recurring childhood nightmare in one Bryan's paintings, he is convinced she holds the key.
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 his visions intensify, 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.
About the Author
Originally from Houston, Texas, Gwendolyn Womack studied theater at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She holds an MFA in Directing Theatre, Video, and Cinema from California Institute of the Arts. Her first novel, The Memory Painter, was an RWA PRISM award winner in the Time Travel/Steampunk category and a finalist for Best First Novel. She now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and her son.