I’m very excited to announce A Well-Tempered Heart by Jan-Philipp Sendker ((Other Press) as our first February book club selection! A Well-Tempered Heart is the sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, which our book club members read in February 2012. The first novel ranks high on my list of favorite books of all time and I know I’m not alone. Read more about Sendker’s latest novel and enter to win a copy of A Well-Tempered Heart at the end of this post.
I met Jan-Philipp Sendker at Book Expo America last May and was thrilled to hear that he’d written a sequel. He also told me that there’s a third book in the works! I’m jumping ahead a little bit, so let me get back to A Well-Tempered Heart.
Almost ten years have passed since Julia Win came back from Burma, her father’s native country. Though she is a successful Manhattan lawyer, her private life is at a crossroads; her boyfriend has recently left her and she is, despite her wealth, unhappy with her professional life. Julia is lost and exhausted.
One day, in the middle of an important business meeting, she hears a stranger’s voice in her head that causes her to leave the office without explanation. In the following days, her crisis only deepens. Not only does the female voice refuse to disappear, but it starts to ask questions Julia has been trying to avoid. Why do you live alone? To whom do you feel close? What do you want in life?
Interwoven with Julia’s story is that of a Burmese woman named Nu Nu who finds her world turned upside down when Burma goes to war and calls on her two young sons to be child soldiers. This spirited sequel, likeThe Art of Hearing Heartbeats, explores the most inspiring and passionate terrain: the human heart.
Travel to Burma with us by picking up your copy A Well-Tempered Heart by Jan-Philipp Sendker and join From Left to Write members on February 4 as we discuss the novel. Jan-Philipp is on his book tour so you might have the chance to meet him too. Visit his website or Other Press for his tour schedule. You can also follow Jan-Philipp on Facebook too.
Giveaway: Enter for a chance to win a copy of All Well-Tempered Heart. We’re giving away 3 copies. You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below:
Winners will be contacted via email and must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize. Only one prize per winner. Prizes can only be shipped to U.S.or Canadian addresses. Must be 18 to enter. From Left to Write is not responsible for lost, late, or misdirected packages.