The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Please run to the nearest bookstore and buy: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker. It is beautifully written and a sad but inspiring book. The day after Julie Win graduates from law school her father disappears without a trace. A few years later a letter is found in his belongings addressed to Mi Mi, a woman in Burma. It is a love letter. Julie decides to go to Burma to find out what happened to her father. Thus the tale begins….and there Julia learns about her father’s story.

Two of the main characters in The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, Tin Win and Mi Mi, have disabilities that allow them to see the world from a unique perspective”. It is their story that unfolds into a stunning love story. It is about love, loss, sacrifice,resilence, and the lessons we learn from joy, sorrow and life.

There was so much wisdom within the pages that my book copy is dog earred from all of the corners I turned down to relocate the precious comments I wanted to savor. The human condition is one of struggle but if you pay attention with all your senses your life will be better for it. This book changed my life. I will end with two thoughts that I came across in this book: first, “that there are wounds time does not heal, though it can reduce them to a managable size”( p.77).  Second, love has so many different faces that our imagination is not prepared to see them all…because we can only see what we already know”(p. 243). And of course that is my 2 cents for today,  Tracy.

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