The Heart Has Its Reasons

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Author: Maria Duenas

Brand: Atria Books

Edition: Reprint


  • Atria Books

Number Of Pages: 373

Release Date: 14-07-2015

Details: Product Description Declared “a writer to watch” ( Publishers Weekly, starred review), New York Times bestselling author María Dueñas pours heart and soul into this story of a woman who discovers the power of second chances. A talented college professor in Madrid, Blanca Perea seems to have it all. But her world is suddenly shattered when her husband of twenty years leaves her for another woman. Questioning the life she once had and whether she truly knows herself, Blanca resolves to change her surroundings. She accepts what looks like a boring research grant in California involving an exiled Spanish writer who died decades ago. Anxious to leave her own troubled life behind, she is gradually drawn into his haunted world, with its poignant loves and unfulfilled ambitions. But in delving into the past, Blanca finds herself simultaneously awakened to the present by Daniel Carter, a charismatic professor with crucial knowledge about the dead writer that he has never before revealed. Amid this web of passion, conflict, and hidden feelings, including her own, Blanca advances like an avid detective, refusing to quit, and ultimately discovers startling answers that resonate deeply in her own life. Evocative, lyrical, and humorous, The Heart Has Its Reasons is a journey of the soul from the pangs of the past to the vibrant present. It is a story about the thrill of creating one’s life anew. Review “Dueñas more than lives up to her title as one of the best contemporary authors today.” - -El Mundo (Spain) “In vivid moving prose, María Dueñas tells a story that is highly entertaining.” - -La Vanguardia (Spain) “A story you will not want to put down.” - -Donna Moderna (Italy) “Dueñas’s second novel is able maintain the same pitch of urgency as The Time in Between.” - -La Repubblica (Italy) “An ingeniously architectural work structured around fascinating lives.” - - Baarnsche Courant (Holland) About the Author María Dueñas holds a PhD in English philology. After two decades in academia, she broke onto the literary scene in 2009 with the publication of the  New York Times bestselling novel  The Time in Between, followed by The Heart Has Its Reasons in 2012. Both novels became international bestsellers and have been translated into thirty-five languages. The television adaptation of The Time in Between earned critical and international acclaim. The Vineyard is her third novel. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.  Chapter 1   Sometimes life comes crashing down, heavy and cold as a deadweight. This is how I felt on opening the office door. It had all felt so cozy, so intimate, so mine. Before. And yet to the naked eye there was no reason for apprehension; everything remained just as I had left it. Shelves crammed with books, bulletin board full of schedules and reminders. Folders, filing cabinets, old playbills, envelopes  addressed  to me. The calendar frozen two months back, July 1999. Everything stood intact in that space which for fourteen years had been my haven, where semester after semester I’d welcomed countless students lost in doubt or searching for something. The only thing that had changed were the props that supported me. Shattered. Several minutes went by, perhaps even ten. Sufficient time, in any event, for me to come to a decision. My first order of business was to dial a telephone number. In reply I only got the icy courtesy of a voice mail. Hesitating whether or not to hang up, I decided to leave a message. “Rosalia, it’s Blanca Perea. I have to get out of here, I need your help. I don’t know where I could go; it’s all the same to me. Somewhere I don’t know a soul and no one knows me. I realize it’s the worst tim- ing, with the semester about to begin, but call me as soon as you can, please.” I felt better after leaving the message. I knew I could trust Rosalia Martin, both her understanding and her goodwill. We had known each other since our early days at the university, when I

EAN: 9781451668353

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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