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Publisher Comments:

Renate Dorrestein is that rare storyteller who dazzles critics and captivates readers. Provocative, stylish, and emotionally resonant, A Heart of Stone (her first book to be translated into English) is certain to cause a sensation on the international scene and Viking is proud to introduce her to the American public.

This beautifully woven masterpiece, spare yet richly told, plumbs the undercurrents of family life and tragedy in a startling and wise story of love, fate, and survival. Ellen Van Bemmel lives with her parents, who run an American news-clipping service, and her three siblings in an old Dutch house in a suburb of Amsterdam. Ellen's idyllic childhood is suffused with Americana, both the frivolous fringes like potato chips and Coca-Cola as well as milestones like Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon, until family disaster strikes on her twelfth birthday. From that moment on her world begins to unravel. Years later, Ellen plunges us into the past as she leafs through a faded photo album and confronts the literal and figurative ghosts of her childhood. Seamlessly alternating the past and present, taut with Hitchcockian tension and warmed by a redemptive love story, A Heart of Stone tells a darkly humorous, yet ultimately compassionate tale.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670895588
Translator:
Velmans, Hester
Author:
Velmans, Hester
Author:
Dorrestein, Renate
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Netherlands
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series Volume:
2000-1
Publication Date:
20010115
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
243 p.
Dimensions:
8.23x5.86x.82 in. .87 lbs.

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