The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Paperback
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 change her life once more.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Birlinn General
- Publication Date: 18/02/2013
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9781846972409
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Review by rainpebble
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker; (5*)I just read and quite fell in love with The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker. I was more than ready for something like this.The daughter of New York parents (a Burmese father and an American mother) abruptly decides to leave her law practice and return to her father’s birthplace. Her attorney father disappeared of his own volition four years previously and items her mother recently sent her make her eager to search for him. In making this journey she meets with her unknown half-brother and goes in search of their father, learning about her ancestors (and his) along the way. She learns that her father had an entirely separate and lovely life before emigrating to America. I found this book to splendid in all areas and beautifully written. The end of the story left my mind open to what the young woman will do with the remainder of her life. I found that to be a very satisfying end to this book.I loved the writing and am eager to see if I can find other novels by this author and perhaps find information on the author, himself. Highly recommended.