The Heart

The Heart

Book - 2016 | First American edition.
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"An audacious novel about the 24 hours surrounding a heart transplant"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780374240905
0374240906
Branch Call Number: KER
Characteristics: 242 pages
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Sam 1970-

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bwrogers
Aug 11, 2017

Sorrow and tension are present through this whole book, peppered with hope. A truly staggering piece, with beautiful prose that's stylistically challenging but compelling in its complex portrayal of human lives. The translation work is incredible. Read this novel as quickly as you can; stop and consider how incredible and unlikely life really is.

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maryha51
Nov 23, 2016

Beautifully written, this book tells the story of a heart transplant from the perspectives of family members, doctors, nurses and others intimately involved in the process. Beginning with a horrible car accident and concluding with a new heart for a critically ill woman, the characters are believable and the story is compelling in this age of medical miracles. There isn't a "what comes next" feeling in reading this book, as it is clear from the beginning what will ultimately happen, but observing the characters during the process is beautifully written.

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okbookgirl
Sep 28, 2016

A moving and surprisingly tense story about parents faced with the decision of taking their injured son off life support, while those who know how useful his organs can be to others wait in the wings. I read this "in one gulp" - great writing.

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nancyewinter
Jun 07, 2016

A very relevant topic in a novel from a French author.Her 2nd translation into English.
This June 2016 week, the low rate of organ transplantation is being highlighted in NZ.The need for a donor register is once again being requested.
Here is an excellent piece of fiction,that is "bracingly topical"
I give it 4+ STARS

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