Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Book Club: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

What a delightful little surprise! 

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, by Jan-Philipp Sendker, is a novel my book club read back when I was busily engrossed in resources about pregnancy, childbirth, and caring for a newborn. So this year, when I needed to find something that fit in with our "foreign and exotic" theme, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to pull it out.

A love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be… until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that reaffirm belief in the power of love to move mountains.

This book sucked me in almost from page one. Granted it's no literary masterpiece, but it's simple, sweet and engaging. The story is captivating and I loved the main characters, Tin Win and Mi Mi. Sendker's descriptions of the world from the perspective of a blind child were magical, and I loved watching the innocence of childhood friendship develop into pure young love.

Although the ending wrapped things up nicely with a bow, I was a bit disappointed in how some things played out. But I'll let you decide for yourself how you feel about that part.

Happy reading!
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