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The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal

In August we will read and discuss The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal. We will meet at 10:00 at the home of Cary Flynn.


Just before dawn on a Sunday Morning, three teenage boys go surfing, while driving home exhausted, the boys are involved in a fatal car accident on a deserted road. Two of the boys are wearing seat belts; one goes through the windshield. The doctors declare him brain-dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, but his heart is still beating.

 The Heart takes place over the 24 hours surrounding the resulting heart transplant, as life is taken from the young man and given to a woman close to death. In gorgeous, ruminative prose, it examines the deepest feelings of everyone involved as they navigate decisions of life and death.

As stylistically audacious as it is emotionally explosive, The Heart mesmerized readers in France, where it has been hailed as the breakthrough work of a new literary star. With the precision of a surgeon and the language of a poet, de Kerangal has made a major contribution to both medicine and literature with this epic tale of grief, hope, survival.

The Deercreek bookclub meets every 3rd Monday at 10:00 in the homes of participants. Before discussion coffee, beverages and light snack is served. For more information, notify Mary Louise Selzer,, or 904-613-6147.