A Heart So White, Paperback
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"A Heart so White" is the breathtaking international bestseller and IMPAC Award-winning masterpiece by Javier Marias, whose highly-anticipated new novel "The Infatuations" is published in 2013.

This Penguin Modern Classics edition features a new Introduction by Jonathan Coe. "A Heart so White" begins as, In the middle of a family lunch Teresa, just married, goes to the bathroom, unbuttons her blouse and shoots herself in the heart.

What made her kill herself immediately after her honeymoon?

Years later, this mystery fascinates the young newlywed Juan, whose father was married to Teresa before he married Juan's mother.

As Juan edges closer to the truth, he begins to question his own relationships, and whether he really wants to know what happened.

Haunting and unsettling, "A Heart So White" is a breathtaking portrayal of two generations, two marriages, the relentless power of the past and the terrible price of knowledge.




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I enjoyed this a lot, but it is not an easy book to summarise. Loosely it is a book about family secrets, communication and relationships, with a long-hidden tragedy at its core, and focuses on a son's attempts to understand his father's past and come to terms with the psychological effects of his recent marriage, written in a rich language with a lot of sudden changes of focus, and occasional repetitions. Trying to break it down like that doesn't convey how rewarding the read is.

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