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Publication Date
07 March 2013
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Birlinn Limited

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

An intoxicating and lush love story, set in present-day New York and 1950s Burma
by Jan-Philipp Sendker - Find out more about the author


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'A truly beautiful story that will captivate and thaw the coldest of hearts' – We Love This Book

‘A magical tale to capture your imagination' – My Weekly

‘Touching and affecting prose’ – Sunday Herald

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 change her life once more.

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 non-fiction book about China. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is his first novel. He lives in Potsdam with his family.

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