Happy Bookers Discussion Group



Next meeting: Wednesday, September 24
at 7:00 p.m.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

by Jan-Philipp Sendker

A successful lawyer suddenly disappears leaving behind his wife and daughter. Neither have any idea where he might be until they discover an old love letter written years ago to a woman in Burma. Daughter Julia takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her father's past as she uncovers a tale that will reaffirm the listener's belief in the power of love.

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Discussion Questions

Tin Win is born to parents who abandon him as a child but Mi Mi is born into a close-knit family. Mi Miís mother, especially, adores her daughter. Do you see this developmental difference reflected in the adult each one becomes, or in the way the two relate to one another?

After he loses his sight, Tin Win spends several years in a monastery under the tutelage of the abbot, U May. In your opinion, what does U May model for Tin Win? How does Tin Win grow in these years?

A portion of the novel is in the form of letters. Does this change the mood or the flow of the novel? The way you see the characters?

Tin Win and Mi Mi develop an intense, literally symbiotic relationship: he walks for her; she acts as his eyes. They become inseparable, but then they are separated for decades. Given what you know about each character, how do you think they are able to withstand the time apart?

Questions excerpted from ReadingGroupGuides.com

 

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 Upcoming Selections:

October - The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

November - Arcadia by Lauren Groff

Happy Bookers selections are chosen by the participants.  Suggest a book for discussion

The Happy Bookers is Phillipsburg Library's monthly book discussion group.  We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.  Newcomers are always welcome, and no registration is necessary.  Call Deb at 908-454-3712 for more information.

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