A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.
"The German author of this book tried for several years to get his book translated into English so that the people of America could read it. I am most grateful for his determination, because this is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. Set mostly in Burma, this is an epic love story with plenty of magic about it. It is also a mystery of sorts. Once I began reading this book, I didn't want to put it down. And I certainly didn't want it to end, though the end is as perfect for the tale; it will break your heart, or at least rearrange it, once you have read it too. "