The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

A Five Star Pick

The Art of Hearing HeartbeatsImagine being blind and finding your true love because you heard their heart beating, a small  distance away from you.  Imagine how sounds (people’s voices, nature and music) become so much more intimate and colorful to you than seeing a person’s face or the actual hues of nature that surround you.  Julia, visiting from America, finds out from a stranger in Burma that her father (who has been missing for five years) was blind at one point in his life and had fallen in love with someone before he met Julia’s mother.  Julia is, in fact, at a Burmese tea house because she is searching for her father and the woman he loved named Mi Mi.  Her mother had found letters that were written to this so-called Mi Mi and Julia wants to find out what happened to her father before he came to New York because he was so secretive about his youth.  What she discovers is more than her father’s past—she is awakened to the real definition of love, what it means to truly “see”, how death is just another chapter of life and who the Burmese stranger is to her.  There is only one correct word to describe this story: beautiful.  I will be talking about this novel on Wednesday, June 12th at the ACC in Côte Saint-Luc.  You are invited to come and share your thoughts on the book.  I am looking forward to seeing you there!

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