Our Missing Hearts (Hardback)Celeste Ng (author)
Tackling vital contemporary issues such as nationalism, censorship and the irrepressible power of literature, this beautifully wrought dystopian novel from the author of Little Fires Everywhere is essential reading for our times.
From the #1 bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere, a deeply heartwrenching novel about the unbreakable love between a mother and child in a society consumed by fear.
Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner lives a quiet and circumspect existence with his loving but broken father, a talented linguist now relegated to shelving books in a library. Bird knows not to ask too many questions, stand out too much, 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 re-locate 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 C hinese 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 drawn into a quest to find her. His journey will take him through the many folktales she poured into his head as a child, into an underground resistance network of librarians, into the lives of the many children who have been taken, and finally to New York, 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 turn a blind eye to the most searing injustice. It's a story about the power - and limitations - of art to create change in the world, what being a good parent really means, and how any of us can retain our humanity in a society where fear dominates.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 34 mm
A stunning story of injustice and resistance...Lyrical, intricate, unsparing: this novel will break your heart and fire up your courage - Mail on Sunday
A lyrical and touching testimony to maternal love, it's also a salutary reminder of how easily freedoms can be lost and of the power of words to change lives - Daily Mail
One of the biggest books of the year...deeply moving - Stylist
Beautifully stirring and heart-wrenching, this powerful novel from the author of Little Fires Everywhere is a homage to love and will tug at your heartstrings - Heat, Book of the Month
A beautiful, thoughtful book...Brilliant and moving - Hello magazine
Ng's compelling writing paints a picture of a world so real you can almost touch it. Despite the darkness of the story, the love of a family stands out. - Independent
[A] feat of meaty storytelling...Ng effortlessly combines a character-led family story with a detective tale, a tribute to books and storytelling and a confrontation with history...a story that is exceptionally powerful and scaldingly relevant - Observer
Remarkable and deeply moving... as moving as it is gripping. [Ng] is an astute writer...her writing feels gorgeously supple - The i
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)
On another level, Our Missing Hearts is a meditation on the sometimes accidental power of words... I won't give away the splendid conclusion of Ng's book; suffice it to say the climax deals with the power of words, the power of stories and the persistence of memory. It's impossible not to be moved by Margaret Miu's courage, or to applaud her craftiness - Stephen King, New York Times
Powerful and brilliant - Vogue
Thought-provoking... My heart broke and was remade several times over by this book - Good Housekeeping
Ng, whose previous novels subtly probed tensions surrounding race,class, and gender, boldly tacklesanti-Asian racism head-on - Time magazine, 100 Must-Read Books of 2022
Shot through with vivid color and rising hope, an unflinching yet life-affirming drama about the power of art and love to push back in dangerous times...Ng's brilliance lies in leaving the reader with an unshakable belief that against all odds, people will find the courage to resist, revolt, and defend . . . remarkable - Oprah Daily
[Ng] has really hit her authorial stride in her eagerly anticipated third novel, Our Missing Hearts... It's her masterful weaving huge themes of race, class, privilege and identity with the simplicity of everyday lives that has made her a deserved international phenomenon - Daily Mirror
Ng's third novel is eagerly awaited and does not disappoint...Our Missing Hearts deftly weaves together a coming-of-age story with a threatening vision of a heavily censored future - Daily Express
Little Fires Everywhere became a global phenomenon and now author Celeste Ng is back with another gripping tale - Irish Mail on Sunday
Tense, poignant and chilling - Grazia
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“Chilling dystopian novel”
This novel feels something of a departure for NG, whose previous books I have loved. This is no exception, It's a real page turner and chillingly prescient, set in the near future. The story centres around Bird a... More
“A powerful read”
Having read and loved Celeste Ng's previous books I was eager to read this ARC copy of her new work gifted to me by NetGalley and the publisher. The book was not what I was expecting at all but wow, what a... More
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