Our Missing Hearts; Celeste Ng
Penguin Audio - 2022
(library download) - 9 hours 51 min
Narrated by: Lucy Liu, Celeste Ng
I've read and enjoyed everything Celeste Ng has written so I couldn't wait for my audio reserve of her latest book to become available. This book is quite different - a bit of a mystery with with a dystopian theme.
Noah Gardner (his mother calls him Bird) is a twelve-year-old boy who lives with his father in a dormitory at the university where his father works at the library. Their life is one of order and routine ever since the "Crisis" changed everything for their family and his mother, a Chinese American poet, disappeared from their lives. At school he is learning new things and around him things are happening which he is desperate to understand. For example, why Asian Americans like his family are looked down upon and viewed by others with a mistrustful eye. In school Noah hears the taunts that his mother is a traitor. The boy has no friends except for Sadie and, one day she mysteriously disappears. as well
This is a story though set in the near future seems frighteningly realistic as to what we've seen on television or read about happening here in some parts of the United States to targeted race groups including child parent separations. The audio book was mostly riveting; although a somewhat sad story, it is one that will stick with most readers I suspect.
RATING - 4/5 stars
Length: 9 h
Left on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life; Delia Ephron
Little Brown and Company - 2022
Library Download - 7 hours 39 min
read by author - good
In her newly released memoir, Delia Ephron, successful novelist, screenwriter, playwrite and lover of all things that the Big Apple has to offer gives readers a glimpse at her second chance at life.
After losing her husband Jerry to a cancer diagnosis, an op-ed essay that Delia wrote for the New York Times earned her a surprise contact by a man from her past and a second chance at love. Her new relationship is tested when Delia, like her sister Nora, learns that she has (AML) a fast progressing form of leukemia and that her only chance at survival is a successful bone marrow transplant. Instead of running away from the very ill 72 year-old-woman, Peter, her new found love, asks Delia to marry him.
This memoir is indeed a second chance at love and life. Told with humor and, yes, there is at times some sadness too, but the writing was wonderful. I love that the audio was read by the author.
RATING - 4.5/5 stars
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