Book club discusses ‘Heartbeats’

Mar 06, 2014
Photo by: Sigrid Rothe Jan-Philipp Sendker

Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library's Intergenerational Book Club will discuss “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” by Jan-Philipp Sendker Tuesday, March 18, at 2:30 p.m. at the library, 60 Main St./Route 1.

“The Art of Hearing Heartbeats,” a novel set in Burma between the 1950s and the present, is a love story about a New York lawyer who spontaneously disappears while en route to a business conference, leaving a befuddled wife and daughter. The daughter, Julie, is finally able to shed a little light on her father’s disappearance when she discovers an old love letter written by her father to a Burmese woman. Mystified, Julia decides to uncover the truth by traveling to Burma. During her journey, Julia discovers the story behind the romance as she listens to tales from her father’s youth.

“The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” was written in German by Jan-Philipp Sendker and has been translated by Kevin Wiliarty. It is Sendker’s first novel.

On the third Tuesday of each month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together to share their opinions and ideas about the book selection. Extra copies of the books are purchased by Friends of the Thomaston Public Library from the Annual Appeal funds; donations are appreciated. All are welcome to attend. Those who live in Thomaston who would like to attend but need a ride are encouraged to call the library at 354-2453 the week before the club meets.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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