The Dial Press
On Sale: May 15, 2011
Featuring: Vaclav; Lena
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Vaclav and Lena seem destined for each other. They meet as
children in an ESL class in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Vaclav
is precocious and verbal. Lena, struggling with English,
takes comfort in the safety of his adoration, his noisy,
loving home, and the care of Rasia, his big-hearted mother.
Vaclav imagines their story unfolding like a fairy tale, or
the perfect illusion from his treasured Magicianâ€™s Almanac,
but among the many truths to be discovered in Haley Tannerâ€™s
wondrous debut is that happily ever after is never a
One day, Lena does not show up for school. She has
disappeared from Vaclav and his familyâ€™s lives as if by a
cruel magic trick. For the next seven years, Vaclav says
goodnight to Lena without fail, wondering if she is doing
the same somewhere. On the eve of Lenaâ€™s seventeenth
birthday he finds out.
Haley Tanner has the originality and verve of a born
storyteller, and the boldness to imagine a world in which
love can overcome the most difficult circumstances. In
Vaclav & Lena she has created two unforgettable young
protagonists who evoke the joy, the confusion, and the
passion of having a profound, everlasting connection with
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