Our Missing Hearts: A Novel (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

An instant New York Times bestseller A New York Times Notable Book of 2022 A Reese's Book Club Pick Named a Best Book of 2022 by TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, NPR, and Oprah Daily

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 but broken father, a former linguist who now shelves books in a university library. His mother Margaret, a Chinese American poet, left the family when he was nine years old without a trace. Bird knows to not ask too many questions, stand out too much, or stray too far. For a decade, his family's life has been governed by laws written to preserve “American culture” in the wake of years of economic instability and violence. To keep the peace and restore prosperity, the authorities are now allowed to relocate children of dissidents, especially those of Asian origin, and libraries have been forced to remove books seen as unpatriotic.
 
Bird has grown up disavowing his mother and her poems; he doesn’t know her work or what happened to her, and he knows he shouldn’t wonder. But when he receives a mysterious letter containing only a cryptic drawing, 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 librarians, into the lives of the children who have been taken, and finally to New York City, where a new act of defiance may be the beginning of much-needed change.
 
Our Missing Hearts is an old story made new, of the ways supposedly civilized communities can ignore the most searing injustice. It’s a story about the power—and limitations—of art to create change, the lessons and legacies we pass on to our children, and how any of us can survive a broken world with our hearts intact.

GENRE
Fiction
NARRATOR
LL
Lucy Liù
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
09:51
hr min
RELEASED
2022
October 4
PUBLISHER
Penguin Audio
SIZE
607.9
MB

Customer Reviews

krislynn15 ,

Unsure

I equal parts liked and disliked this book. I found it hard to stay engaged at times and the breathiness of the narrators voice was hard to listen to. However, I still wanted to know what happened because it seems like this could 100% be a reality one day.

robertkenzi ,

Amazing story

I just love everything in this book. Thrilling and emotional

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