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An amazing, award-winning speculative fiction debut novel by a major new talent, in the vein of Ursula K. Le Guin.

Global warming has changed the world’s geography and its politics. Wars are waged over water, and China rules Europe, including the Scandinavian Union, which is occupied by the power state of New Qian. In this far north place, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio is learning to become a tea master like her father, a position that holds great responsibility and great secrets. Tea masters alone know the location of hidden water sources, including the natural spring that Noria’s father tends, which once provided water for her whole village.

But secrets do not stay hidden forever, and after her father’s death the army starts watching their town—and Noria. And as water becomes even scarcer, Noria must choose between safety and striking out, between knowledge and kinship.

Imaginative and engaging, lyrical and poignant, Memory of Water is an indelible novel that portrays a future that is all too possible.

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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.

About the Author

Emmi Itäranta writes fiction in Finnish and English. Her professional background is an eclectic mix of writing-related activities, including stints as a columnist, theatre critic, scriptwriter and press officer. She is the author of Memory of Water and lives in Canterbury, England.

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Global Prof
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A Masterful and Highly Creative Depiction of a Very Dry Future
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2017
This haunting, spare dystopia gripped me from start to finish. I loved all of the watery metaphors, the strong similes, and the poetic language, plus the way the author wove elements of the tea ceremony into a future with almost no water. I''ll probably remember the dreamy... See more
This haunting, spare dystopia gripped me from start to finish. I loved all of the watery metaphors, the strong similes, and the poetic language, plus the way the author wove elements of the tea ceremony into a future with almost no water. I''ll probably remember the dreamy mood of this book more than any plot specifics.

By "dreamy" mood, I mean passages like this one: "Silence is not empty or immaterial, and it is not needed to chain tame things. It often guards powers strong enough to shatter everything." Or this one: "Memory has a shape of its own, and it''s not always the shape of life... Memory slips and slides and shatters, and its patterns are not to be trusted." Or: "We are children of water, and water is death''s close companion. The two cannot be separated from us, for we are made of the versatility of water and the closeness of death. They go together always, in the world and in us, and the time will come when our water runs dry."

I enjoyed that this was written by a Finnish author, and set in a future Scandinavia. The description of a world of constant drought was terrifying, but seemed all too realistic and plausible these days. The descriptions of technology from the current time were amusing.

Mostly, I appreciated the careful attention the author gave to each and every sentence, polishing her prose so that every line shined.
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daniel howard
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I like the book but I''ll likely not finish
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2021
She''s a good writer and I find the story interesting... That said I''m through page 25 and annoyed. In the last sentence I read, one of the characters is complaining about how the "people of the past world" (i.e. us living now) "didnt care about them" (them being... See more
She''s a good writer and I find the story interesting...

That said I''m through page 25 and annoyed. In the last sentence I read, one of the characters is complaining about how the "people of the past world" (i.e. us living now) "didnt care about them" (them being the people in her post apocalyptic, water deficient world)...

I''m aware of climate change and the importance of environmental issues. I find much about our present society sad and in need of changing. But...I don''t need beaten over the head with it...

This kind of passage smacks of the pseudo liberalism thriving in the US today. Does Emmi Itatanta realize the only reason she is able to even consider people in the future is that she doesn''t have to spend every minute of every day not dying? This certainly doesn''t mean that philosophical thought and moral allegory is unimportant, but what I''ve gotten out of her novel so far is the same level of intellectual acumen that I would expect from a college freshman who has never worked.

The book didn''t need to be a referendum on climate change and western lifestyle. It could have been a great story that subtlety highlighted these points. Too bad.
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Simple Poetry and Meditation
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021
I didn’t know a work of fiction could be such simple poetry. And I definitely wasn’t aware it could be a deep meditation on life, death, and connection (and the effect secrets have on that). Emmi elevates what is possible through storytelling, reaching heights... See more
I didn’t know a work of fiction could be such simple poetry. And I definitely wasn’t aware it could be a deep meditation on life, death, and connection (and the effect secrets have on that).

Emmi elevates what is possible through storytelling, reaching heights few authors ever can.
I’ve read well over 1000 books in my life.
This book is amongst a rare few that have transformed me. Made me somehow more. I return to it often.

I’ve bought copies for everyone I’m closest to. That’s how much this book haunts me (in the best of ways).

Read it.
It’s rich yet simple. Short enough, yet immersive. Moving and transforming… yet comfortable and familiar!

The author knits together the ancient past with a potential future through the act of ceremony and (tea) ritual.
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This is Where We May be Going
Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2015
A future world, which appears to be ours, has almost run out of fresh water. Civilization is barely hanging on, technology is controlled, and China appears to rule the world (at least the parts we see in this book). Global warming has taken it toll on societies and on the... See more
A future world, which appears to be ours, has almost run out of fresh water. Civilization is barely hanging on, technology is controlled, and China appears to rule the world (at least the parts we see in this book). Global warming has taken it toll on societies and on the environment, and access to water is highly regulated. Trash heaps are the source of precious metals and wonders from the ages before, such as CDs and tape recorders. Medical care sucks. A young Tea Master and her father in Scandinavia are protecting a small source of water from the occupiers of their village, secretly using it to make the best tea around and to help their fellow villagers.

This isn''t a dark dystopian novel like many in recent years, but dystopian nonetheless. The characters are well-written, the prose is well-done, and the reader can''t help but get sucked into the angst and anguish as these people try to make something of their lives. This is a somewhat slow read, but definitely worth the read.

The ending leaves open the possibility of a sequel (or perhaps just another novel in the same world), which I would look forward to. Curious to see if other parts of the world are also under China''s rule (other than just Europe and Asia).
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"Memory has a shape of its own."
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2014
This dystopian future is unfortunately not far off our probable fate. Global warming has melted the ice caps and flooding has changed the world. As we fear, the salty oceans have invaded much if the fresh water. We have befouled the land and the military has taken... See more
This dystopian future is unfortunately not far off our probable fate. Global warming has melted the ice caps and flooding has changed the world. As we fear, the salty oceans have invaded much if the fresh water. We have befouled the land and the military has taken control.

The narrator is a Tea Master, having learned from her father. But the the setting is Finland which has embraced much of Asian culture. This causes a bit of dissonance for me, but her earnest devotion to tradition wins the reader in the end. Most poignant are her pleas to her mute ancestors to consider the chaos they are enacting on the world. As a Tea Master, she is a creature and conservator of water, and her language is beautiful. Another complaint is that the language can get just too lyrical. Sometimes it makes me cranky. I mean I get it. There is flow and serenity in yielding to the passage of time and nature. And now that I am stepping back for the review, I guess it really is annoying to set ages of tea tradition in Finland.

Overall the novel is lovely, and the imagery is hypnotic. And it is a big plus that this is a dystopian novel with a female lead that is. It YA!
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P. M. Whitehouse
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Surprising setting for a beautiful, sad and engrossing story.
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2015
This engrossing tale of a future in which potable water is used as the basis for power has something for everyone. A believable dystopian future is combined with cultural practices in an unexpected setting. Sympathetic characters people this tale set in northern Finland... See more
This engrossing tale of a future in which potable water is used as the basis for power has something for everyone. A believable dystopian future is combined with cultural practices in an unexpected setting. Sympathetic characters people this tale set in northern Finland with a tea ceremony tradition imported from Japan, and a feudal peasant dynamic reminiscent of China and readily available technology that is both realistic and saddening and the story within the story of the last years before the fall of scientists investigating the disappearance of water will provide the icicle in the heart when one comprehends the true power struggle.
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Virginia
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This was skillfully and beautifully written, with strong world-building and a well-rounded main ...
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2018
This was skillfully and beautifully written, with strong world-building and a well-rounded main character. It was really not my jam, though - I found the story pretty slow and the ending both anti-climactic and unsatisfying (eliminating the epilogue might have helped).... See more
This was skillfully and beautifully written, with strong world-building and a well-rounded main character. It was really not my jam, though - I found the story pretty slow and the ending both anti-climactic and unsatisfying (eliminating the epilogue might have helped). Reading this drove home that I do not want to be reading dystopias at this point. I can just read the dang news.
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Miami Nice
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Great Book!
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2018
This book is an excellent work of fiction, a take on climate fiction that imagines a world where water is scarce and government is omnipresent. It''s interesting how the author melds together Scandanavian and Asian cultures, and this book has several shocking and... See more
This book is an excellent work of fiction, a take on climate fiction that imagines a world where water is scarce and government is omnipresent. It''s interesting how the author melds together Scandanavian and Asian cultures, and this book has several shocking and heartbreaking moments that leave me so sad there isn''t a sequel. The book itself came in perfect quality, a regular new book you might get at B&N.
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A Strange but Oddly Absorbing Dystopian Story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 23, 2021
A strange but oddly absorbing dystopian novel set in a time when the world has been devastated by global warming and fresh water is strictly rationed. Noria Kaitio, the daughter of one of the last true tea masters, is entrusted by her father with the whereabouts of a secret...See more
A strange but oddly absorbing dystopian novel set in a time when the world has been devastated by global warming and fresh water is strictly rationed. Noria Kaitio, the daughter of one of the last true tea masters, is entrusted by her father with the whereabouts of a secret freshwater spring hidden within caves not far from her rural home. When her father dies, Noria is the only person who knows where the source of fresh water is and having promised her father to keep the secret and preserve the source, she soon falls prey to intense guilt when she witnesses the suffering of the people close to her when the severe lack of water puts their lives in danger. However, if she breaks her promise and reveals her source, not only will the authorities commandeer the supply, but Noria could face imprisonment and worse. As already commented this is a strange story and one with not a huge amount of plot; it also doesn’t provide the reader with enough information about what had happened to the world in the past and how society is operating in the present time. That said, I was immediately pulled into this novel from the very first page and, like Emmi Itaranta’s ‘The City of Woven Streets’ (which I would also recommend), this beautifully described story kept me interested and involved from beginning to end. 4 Stars.
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A memory that will linger long
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2015
What a find! Amazon''s correlation algorithms triumph and find a book that is a cut above the typical YA dystopia. It''s also going to be a difficult one to review without spoilers - there are several classic books I''d love to compare it with - favourably - and I can''t,...See more
What a find! Amazon''s correlation algorithms triumph and find a book that is a cut above the typical YA dystopia. It''s also going to be a difficult one to review without spoilers - there are several classic books I''d love to compare it with - favourably - and I can''t, because that would give the game away. In an interim post, I referred to the book as a trap closing. I read the book knowing almost from the start that some key characters were not going to make it to the end. The hints are strong, they are there for the reader to pick up, and if you miss those, you''ll miss a lot of the tension. The novel is set in a future time, post ecological failure, and a lot of technology has been lost, and its incomprehensible remnants are to be found in landfill sites. Here the two protagonists find hints that some of the world might not be so bleak, beyond the borders of a thinly-disguised Chinese hydraulic empire. If you''re not familiar with the term - see wikipedia . Being set in a true hydraulic empire, there is very little chance of internal rebellion succeeding - the very stuff of life is controlled by the elite - only a sufficient alternative supply can power a rebellion. Water crime is punished by death. The novel shows how these two combine to create intolerable pressure on ordinary people to become complicit in acts that they would ordinarily find abhorrent - it is a strength that the characters in the novel are flawed and anguished, rather than entirely virtuous or entirely evil. Thus the novel builds its tension not through action, but by balancing the need to escape to discover if the lost lands have recovered, and the need for slow, careful preparation, limited also by the slow pace at which information about the lost lands can be uncovered. Against this backdrop, the military steadily increase their oppression of the populace, driving collaboration and betrayal through the need for water. You can see the trap closing, yet you can also see why the protagonists are forced to remain within the jaws ''just a little longer, then we''ll flee''. The slowness of the novel might be a sticking point for some - it took a while for it to become apparent where the novel was going. The novel is quite short, too. It feels like you''re almost at the halfway mark before the journey-pattern becomes defined. Technology thoughts. Perhaps a bit too pat, the way the CDs and the technology to play them get unearthed. The pods - used for sending messages - it took a while for me to understand the rules for pods (how the were used, what they could and could not do). I''ve left the best till last. The language and the poetry thereof really lift this out of the commonplace. You can pick your own favourites, but I love the way writers like Bradbury, Zelazny and Simak can build concoctions of mood and image with their word mastery. Emmi Itäranta could hold her head up in such company. It''s not perfect, but it''s dam'' good and as my thoughts turn to candidates for the SFWA Norton (the "YA Nebula"), this is one I''ll push.
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Not Atwood not Ishiguro
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 27, 2019
My expectations were high when reading the blurb, as good as or better than top speculative fiction authors. But I was disappointed because it was too gentle, not dark enough, a future too close to comfort maybe. And a lack of water? That is too obvious and going to happen....See more
My expectations were high when reading the blurb, as good as or better than top speculative fiction authors. But I was disappointed because it was too gentle, not dark enough, a future too close to comfort maybe. And a lack of water? That is too obvious and going to happen. For speculative fiction, dark and unnerving, I recently read David Edwards Something To Tell You. Using The Higgs Boson particle as the culprit is more exciting than water. And now I also realise I am 99.9% empty space, so I really enjoyed the questions it asked about me, myself.
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Lucy Carr
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Too many things are just glazed over.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 20, 2015
I enjoyed the general theme of the book and thought that the language & the way the book is written really enveloping and descriptive. However, I ended up feeling disappointed. There were many opportunities to develop the story further and develop Noria more but it just...See more
I enjoyed the general theme of the book and thought that the language & the way the book is written really enveloping and descriptive. However, I ended up feeling disappointed. There were many opportunities to develop the story further and develop Noria more but it just becomes repetitive. Because it is written in first person, we do not get to really hear about what is going on with other characters & other themes. Uprisings and punishments are glazed over, which, given that these are the reasons behind the tightened military control and the ending, means we don''t feel anything for Noria. In my opinion, too much time spent on empty words while leaving important events untouched.
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Post apocalypse story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2018
I downloaded this as a free sample. So just on the short introduction I would think that this book is aimed at the young adult market and as such not really my thing.
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