Review: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

art of hearing heartbeatsHere’s the description:

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
Genre: Fiction
Source: Personal Copy


About Kelly

Hi! My name’s Kelly. I’m a twenty-something gal from Buffalo, NY. Mom to a little dog named Peabody and a slightly evil cat named Archie. Engaged to the best dude ever. I love books and craft beer! I also love all things France and francophone and have a degree in French Language and Literature from Buffalo State College. My blog used to be called Kelly’s France Blog, but I finally decided it needed a change because I wasn’t posting about French things nearly as often as I used to! You can still see all my imported posts on A Book and a Beer, or you can visit my original blog at
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