The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the February 2012 Indie Next List
“This is one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read. Two people, doomed to a life of misery, find pure happiness in sharing their love even when time, distance, and family keep them apart. While you are reading this wonderful novel, your life might actually change; you will notice things you never did before, and your senses will be heightened and sharpened whether hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling, or even seeing. Read this book -- you will neither regret nor forget it.”
-- Jean-Paul Adriaansen, Water Street Books, Exeter, NH
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Reading Group
A poignant and inspirational 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 will reaffirm the reader's belief in the power of love to move mountains.
About the AuthorJan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg in 1960, was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Wall", a nonfiction book about China. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats", his first novel, was an international bestseller. He lives in Berlin with his family.
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- In your opinion, what does the back-and-forth between Julia’s and U Ba’s narratives add to the telling of the love story between Tin Win and Mi Mi? How do these stories interrelate?