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.
First Impressions: very high expectations
Final Thoughts: Did not disappoint. I almost wanted to reread it immediately. Why can’t all books be this amazing??
Favorite part: The writing-it was so damn poetic. Also the imagery. The way the author describes Burma made me want to jump on to a plane and see it for myself. I felt like I was already there because of all the details but desperately wanted to visit to really experience it after finishing the book. Mi Mi was my favorite character because she was just so resilient. I hope I’m half as good as her.
Goes well with: Blood Orange Saison from Resurgence
Title: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
Author: Jan-Philipp Sendker
Date of Publication: 2002
Source: Personal Copy