What if you could push rewind to relive any memory from your past as vividly and accurately as the day it happened? What days of your life would you choose to revisit? Anne Weller Barnes craves the close family she sees in her mind's eye and in the decades-old family movies. But in Anne's actual family, mysterious and shocking circumstances surrounding a long-ago tragedy have created conflict and cut-off. When her estranged brother dies and leaves her an invention called the Memory Enhancer that she can use to program her dreams to re-experience old memories as clearly as the day they were made, Anne plunges into her past. She hopes to recapture the family closeness she remembers, but as she finds herself increasingly caught up in bygone days, she discovers powerful forgotten memories and regrets, and faces family members' anger and distrust. Anne's anguish builds as she faces her brother's dying wish that she decide whether to release the Memory Enhancer to the world. Bittersweet Memories is a moving story that explores yearning for the past, the unreliability of memory, and the powerful impact of family secrets.
Lynn Osterkamp is the author of Too Near the Edge, and its sequels Too far Under, and Too Many Secrets--the mystery novels that gave life to Cleo, a Boulder-based grief therapist whose ability to contact dead people gets her involved in solving a murder; and Tyler, a dead surfer dude who gives Cleo cryptic and often inscrutable advice. Too Near the Edge won a silver medal in the 2007 IPPY Book Awards for best regional fiction in the west-mountain region. Lynn is also the author of two nonfiction books as well as numerous articles, manuals and national newsletters. Her professional experience includes hospital and hospice social work, university teaching and research, special education, and long-term-care ombudsman. She lives in Boulder Colorado.