A Well-tempered Heart

A Well-tempered Heart

A Novel

Book - 2013
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The sequel to the international best-selling novel The Art of Hearing Heartbeats.

Almost ten years have passed since Julia Win came back from Burma, her father's native country. Though she is a successful Manhattan lawyer, her private life is at a crossroads; her boyfriend has recently left her and she is, despite her wealth, unhappy with her professional life. Julia is lost and exhausted.

One day, in the middle of an important business meeting, she hears a stranger's voice in her head that causes her to leave the office without explanation. In the following days, her crisis only deepens. Not only does the female voice refuse to disappear, but it starts to ask questions Julia has been trying to avoid. Why do you live alone? To whom do you feel close? What do you want in life?

Interwoven with Julia's story is that of a Burmese woman named Nu Nu who finds her world turned upside down when Burma goes to war and calls on her two young sons to be child soldiers. This spirited sequel, like The Art of Hearing Heartbeats , explores the most inspiring and passionate terrain: the human heart.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9781590516409
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Wiliarty, Kevin - Translator


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Sep 14, 2019

The first book in this sequel is indeed very sentimental, and could even prove to be a tear-jerker to some readers. The story is written in a somewhat poetic style.

The cliches I found in dialogues and the overall narrative in the second book were a disappointment. I gave up after having read some 25 pages. I don't do this very often.

Jan 22, 2016

I didn't enjoy the first one-quarter of this book and almost gave up on it, but am glad I continued to the end. It is a satisfying story of love and the connection between people that makes life worth living.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"In this sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, Julia Win, a successful Manhattan lawyer who, despite her wealth, is unhappy, lost and exhausted, suffers a personal crisis when she begins hearing a stranger's voice in her head who asks questions that she has been trying to avoid." Fiction A to Z February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/5fdf91da-47ce-498a-9809-d124d568f696?postId=8c92a5c1-369b-4131-85d1-534a1bd46a6b


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May 28, 2014

We have the power to change ourselves. We are not condemned to remain who we are. No one can help us do this but ourselves

May 28, 2014

We often discover only many years later whether life and the stars were smiling upon us or not. Life can take the most surprising of turns. What seemed initially to be a misfortune can turn out later to be a blessing, and vice versa, no?


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