On Sale: February 10, 2015
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A man’s life and his capacity for love mysteriously
after a heart transplant in this
dramatic and affecting novel—as provocative and poignant
the works of Jodi Picoult, Jojo Moyes,
and Alice Sebold—from the acclaimed Orange Prize nominee
author of Lucky Bunny.
After years of excessive drink and sex, Patrick’s heart
collapsed. Only fifty, he has been given
six months to live. But a tragic accident involving a
teenager and a motorcycle gives the university
professor a second chance. He receives the boy’s heart in
transplant, and by this miracle of
science, two strangers are forever linked.
Though Patrick’s body accepts his new heart, his old life
seems to reject him. Bored by the things
that once enticed him, he begins to look for meaning in
experience. Discovering that his donor
was a local boy named Drew Beamish, he becomes intensely
curious about Drew’s life and the
influences that shaped him-from the eighteenth-century
ancestor involved in a labor riot to the
bleak beauty of the Cambridgeshire countryside in which he
was raised. Patrick longs to know the
story of this heart that is now his own.
In this intriguing and deeply absorbing story, Jill Dawson
weaves together the lives and loves of
three vibrant characters connected by fate to explore
questions of life after death, the nature of
the soul, the unseen forces that connect us, and the
symbolic power of the heart.
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