Our Missing Hearts
by Celeste Ng
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Pub Date 04 Oct 2022 | Archive Date Not set
PENGUIN GROUP The Penguin Press, Penguin Press
From the #1 bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere, comes the inspiring new novel about a mother’s unbreakable love in a world consumed by fear.
“It’s impossible not to be moved.” —Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review
“Riveting, tender, and timely.” —People, Book of the Week
“Thought-provoking, heart-wrenching . . . I was so invested in the future of this mother and son, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of this deeply suspenseful story!” —Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club October ’22 Pick)
Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner lives a quiet existence with his loving father, a former linguist who now shelves books in a university library. His mother Margaret, a Chinese American poet, left without a trace when he was nine years old. He doesn’t know what happened to her—only that her books have been banned—and he resents that she cared more about her work than about him.
Then one day, Bird receives a mysterious letter containing only a cryptic drawing, and soon he is pulled into a quest to find her. His journey will take him back to the many folktales she poured into his head as a child, through the ranks of an underground network of heroic librarians, and finally to New York City, where he will finally learn the truth about what happened to his mother, and what the future holds for them both.
Our Missing Hearts is an old story made new, of the ways supposedly civilized communities can ignore the most searing injustice. It’s about the lessons and legacies we pass on to our children, and the power of art to create change.
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Thank you Penguin Press and NetGalley for the ARC of Our Missing Hearts. I have been a fan of Celeste's books since reading Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You. The fact that one of the character works in a library is a huge bonus too. I love that Bird's mother told him stories and was a writer. This story is woven fatanstically and kept me guessing throughout. The story is told in three parts. The power of words hits home in this amazing novel!
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