Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng audiobook

Our Missing Hearts: A Novel

By Celeste Ng
Read by Celeste Ng  and Lucy Liu

Penguin Audio 9780593492543

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780593629611

  • ISBN: 9780593629611

Runtime: 9.86 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A New York Times Bestseller in Audio

A Reese’s Book Club Pick

A People Pick of the Week

A Shelf Awareness Pick of the Week

A Literary Hub Pick of Most Anticipated Upcoming Books

A Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated of 2022

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. Bird knows to not ask too many questions, stand out too much, or stray too far.

For a decade, their lives have 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—including the work of Bird’s mother, Margaret, a Chinese American poet who left the family when he was nine years old.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It’s impossible not to be moved.” Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Moves from a meditation on our current political and social state to a tight suspenseful thriller.” USA Today
“Much of this utterly stupendous tale is hauntingly, horrifically, historically, [and] currently all too real...Yet Ng creates an exquisite story of unbreakable family bonds, lifesaving storytelling, brilliantly subversive art, and accidentally transformative activism.” Booklist (starred review)

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Celeste Ng

Author Bio: Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng is an author whose debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, won the Hopwood Award, the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the ALA’s Alex Award. She is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize and was a 2016 NEA fellow. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, attended Harvard University, and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.86
Audience: Adult
Language: English