“I once asked my father if it was possible to remember someone you’d never met…”
Thora meets Santi for the first time when they are eighteen. Strangers in a foreign city, they bond over their shared ambition to travel to the stars. Thora thinks she’s finally found a kindred spirit, a friend for life. Until, days later, Santi is cruelly snatched away from her.
That’s not the only way it happens.
Santi meets Thora for the first time when he is 45, and she walks into his science classroom, a seven year old student who dreams of the stars; when he walks into her medical practice as an elderly patient; when her parents adopt him, aged five, as her brother; when they face each other on opposing sides of a bloody civil war. Life after life, haunted by impossible memories, Thora and Santi manage to find each other. But how is it possible to remember lives never lived, to meet someone over and over for the very first time? And is there a deeper mystery to the patterns of their strange existence?
By turns joyful, devastating and quietly profound, Meet Me In Another Life is the astonishing debut novel from Catriona Silvey.
“If you want to read an incredible debut, mark down MEET ME IN ANOTHER LIFE now… IT BLEW MY MIND. It is what fans of the THE TIME-TRAVELER’S WIFE have been craving.” Liberty Hardy, Book Riot Senior CE
“Inventive, bold and surprising–from where the novel starts I could have never imagined where it ends. Along the way the story of Thora and Santi builds in suspense and emotion, revealing itself page by page, layer by layer. Cleverly constructed and highly entertaining.” Charles Yu
“An intriguing thought experiment and a sweet, melancholy heartache of a novel. Santi and Thora’s bond, in the many varied forms it took from life to life, was moving and claustrophobic. Given the smaller spheres many of us are currently living within, their mutual reliance felt particularly poignant . . . and asks the reader how much we are shaped by the people we love.” Kate Mascarenhas, author of The Psychology of Time Travel
“Entirely surprising, thoroughly enjoyable . . . Meet Me in Another Life asks what if we could live all our best and worst selves, and what if all those selves have one specific purpose. A truly captivating work with an ending that rocked my socks off.” Erika Swyler, author of Light From Other Stars and The Book of Speculation
"Brilliant, lush, and achingly imaginative! I love this book in every life." Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Across the Universe and A World Without You