Sometimes a book comes along that is unexpected. No fanfare. No preconceived notions. I can’t recall why I picked it up. It may be a bestseller now. It may have stellar reviews. I really don’t know.
What I can say is, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker was a pleasure to read from beginning to end. This is a gentle story, full of mystery and magic. A young woman from a prominent New York family graduates from law school. Her family celebrates with her. The next day, her beloved father, also an attorney, disappears with no explanation.
Four years pass with no word. She realizes she knows nothing of her father’s past. He is of Burmese descent, but all she knows of his life began when he arrived in America. A box is discovered by her mother and sent to her. In it, among other things, is an old letter. This letter compels her to go to Burma, hoping to find him.
Don’t miss this one.