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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 reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

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"This tearful, circuitous German bestseller traces the lost romance between a blind young monk and a poor crippled girl in pre-WWII Burma. Sendker employs an elaborate secondhand flashback device to send Julia, an American lawyer, to Burma on a hunch that she might find clues to the whereabouts of her Burmese father, Tin Win, a prominent New York celebrity lawyer who was blind as a child and vanished four years ago, apparently of his own volition. Julia, born to Win and his American wife in 1968, is a New Yorker used to metropolitan conveniences. She arrives in the village of Kalaw by virtue of a beautiful 1955 love letter from her father to a woman named Mi Mi and immediately bristles at the pace and privation of village life. A stranger named U Ba soon helps Julia unravel the mystery of her father, from his astrologically inauspicious birth and abandonment by a superstitious mother to his ensuing blindness and delivery to Buddhist monks who teach him to use his other senses keenly. When Tin Win meets Mi Mi, a kind, crippled creature, she acts as his eyes as he carries her upon his back. Their love remains unbroken through 50 years of incredible vicissitudes. An epic narrative that requires enormous sentimental indulgence and a large box of tissues." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“[The Art of Hearing Heartbeats] is a love story set in Burma…imbued with Eastern spirituality and fairy-tale romanticism….Fans of Nicholas Sparks and/or Elizabeth Gilbert should eat this up.” Kirkus Reviews

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“Sweetly tragic.” Library Journal

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“No matter what I even attempt to say, I can’t possibly capture the absolute magic of this book. Like a spell, it haunts. Like love, it’s going to endure.” Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

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“A story at once both poignant and joyous, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats reaffirms how love can transform the harshest of realities into a mystical one. Sendker takes us from contemporary, upscale New York to impoverished Burma, weaving a complex tale that is part romance, part father-daughter story. Reading this book was like reading poetry, with full attention required for each sentence. A thoroughly immersive and enjoyable read.” Margaret Dilloway, author of How to Be an American Housewife

Review:

“Set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is a rare novel. Telling the story of a young blind man’s journey through a world of auditory intensity, Jan-Philipp Sendker renews one’s faith in the possibility of real, pure love. I finished the book in tears.” Shawna Yang Ryan, author of Water Ghosts

About the Author

Jan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg in 1960, was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Great Wall, a nonfiction book about China. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is his first novel. He lives in Berlin with his family.

Kevin Wiliarty has a BA in German from Harvard and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. A native of the United States, he has also lived in Germany and Japan. He is currently an academic technologist at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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Alisa C, March 4, 2014 (view all comments by Alisa C)
This was a beautifully written book about a woman searching for her father, who had disappeared several years prior. Traveling to a foreign country, meeting new people, and finding the most wonderful stories, she begins to learn the many sides of her multifaceted father. Besides discovery, this book was also part love story. Not quite innocent, as both knew the consequences, or quixotic, because it in fact was real and true, nonetheless, it was a beautiful love expressed in forms both tangible and not. This story was elegant and simple, trusting and glad. It was satisfying, yet it also made me restless in an unnameable way. This book taught me that it is possible for one person to love many things, in no order of importance, without frustration or spite. I’m glad I have it, and I hope you will be too.
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Brooke Strickland, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Brooke Strickland)
One of the most beautifully written books I've read in years. Weaving the stories together of two that are passionately in love, the reader is drawn into a world of love...the type of love that keeps a heart beating.
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Cathy C, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Cathy C)
The writing of this novel is superb and lyrical. The story stays with you for a long time. The visualization of what is described is amazing. I would recommend this book to all readers.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781590514634
Author:
Sendker, Jan-Philipp
Publisher:
Other Press
Translator:
Wiliarty, Kevin
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.6 x 1 in 0.8313 lb

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Product details 336 pages Other Press - English 9781590514634 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This tearful, circuitous German bestseller traces the lost romance between a blind young monk and a poor crippled girl in pre-WWII Burma. Sendker employs an elaborate secondhand flashback device to send Julia, an American lawyer, to Burma on a hunch that she might find clues to the whereabouts of her Burmese father, Tin Win, a prominent New York celebrity lawyer who was blind as a child and vanished four years ago, apparently of his own volition. Julia, born to Win and his American wife in 1968, is a New Yorker used to metropolitan conveniences. She arrives in the village of Kalaw by virtue of a beautiful 1955 love letter from her father to a woman named Mi Mi and immediately bristles at the pace and privation of village life. A stranger named U Ba soon helps Julia unravel the mystery of her father, from his astrologically inauspicious birth and abandonment by a superstitious mother to his ensuing blindness and delivery to Buddhist monks who teach him to use his other senses keenly. When Tin Win meets Mi Mi, a kind, crippled creature, she acts as his eyes as he carries her upon his back. Their love remains unbroken through 50 years of incredible vicissitudes. An epic narrative that requires enormous sentimental indulgence and a large box of tissues." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “[The Art of Hearing Heartbeats] is a love story set in Burma…imbued with Eastern spirituality and fairy-tale romanticism….Fans of Nicholas Sparks and/or Elizabeth Gilbert should eat this up.”
"Review" by , “Sweetly tragic.”
"Review" by , “No matter what I even attempt to say, I can’t possibly capture the absolute magic of this book. Like a spell, it haunts. Like love, it’s going to endure.”
"Review" by , “A story at once both poignant and joyous, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats reaffirms how love can transform the harshest of realities into a mystical one. Sendker takes us from contemporary, upscale New York to impoverished Burma, weaving a complex tale that is part romance, part father-daughter story. Reading this book was like reading poetry, with full attention required for each sentence. A thoroughly immersive and enjoyable read.”
"Review" by , “Set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is a rare novel. Telling the story of a young blind man’s journey through a world of auditory intensity, Jan-Philipp Sendker renews one’s faith in the possibility of real, pure love. I finished the book in tears.”
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