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Vaclav & Lena

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Vaclav and Lena seem destined for each other. They meet as children in an ESL class in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Vaclav is precocious and verbal. Lena, struggling with English, takes comfort in the safety of his adoration, his noisy, loving home, and the care of Rasia, his big-hearted mother. Vaclav imagines their story unfolding like a fairy tale, or the perfect illusion from his treasured Magician’s Almanac, but among the many truths to be discovered in Haley Tanner’s wondrous debut is that happily ever after is never a foregone conclusion.

One day, Lena does not show up for school. She has disappeared from Vaclav and his family’s lives as if by a cruel magic trick. For the next seven years, Vaclav says goodnight to Lena without fail, wondering if she is doing the same somewhere. On the eve of Lena’s seventeenth birthday he finds out.

Haley Tanner has the originality and verve of a born storyteller, and the boldness to imagine a world in which love can overcome the most difficult circumstances. In Vaclav & Lena she has created two unforgettable young protagonists who evoke the joy, the confusion, and the passion of having a profound, everlasting connection with someone else.

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About the Author

Haley Tanner was born in 1982 in New York. She holds an MFA from the New School and a BA from Clark University. She lives in Brooklyn with her two dogs and her fiancé. This is her first novel.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307932716
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Subject:
Literary
Author:
Tanner, Haley
Author:
Heyborne, Kirby
Author:
Lowman, Rebecca
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;coming of age;magic;immigrants;brooklyn;love;russia;russian immigrants;child abuse
Edition Description:
Seven CD
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.89 x 5.1 x 1.13 in 0.54 lb

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Cultural Heritage

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