Vaclav and Lena

By Haley Tanner
(Cornerstone, Paperback, 9780434020447)

Publication Date: May 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2011 Indie Next List
“Vaclav and Lena are both children of Russian immigrant families that have settled in contemporary Brooklyn. Seldom have the variables in immigrant experiences been written about so beautifully, resulting in a book that is both a charming love story and a dramatic page-turner. You will fall in love with both Vaclav and Lena five years old when we first meet them and 17 when Tanner's narrative ends. A wonderful debut!”
-- Marian Nielsen, Orinda Books, Orinda, CA



NPR
Saturday, Jun 11, 2011

From the moment they meet in New York's Brighton Beach neighborhood, Vaclav and Lena make magic together. Each envisions a lifetime at the other's side รข?? and then, one day, Lena disappears. Their story of love and assimilation sits at the heart of Haley Tanner's debut novel, Vaclav & Lena. More at NPR.org

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