Our Missing Hearts: A Novel (Large Print / Paperback)

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The author imagines an America in which the government's response to popular protests about its inability to deal with an economic crisis, which it blames on China, leads to the PACT law (Preservation of American Culture and Traditions). Ten years on, the law has led to strict authoritarian control on all parts of society, with particular attention to anyone of a Chinese background. Bird Gardner is a bi-racial boy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where his father works at a university library. After his Chinese-American mother's poetry inadvertently sets off an undercover resistance movement to the policies of PACT, Bird's parents fear that Bird will be taken away by the government who has been removing children from "un-American environments." So his mother decides to go underground. Three years later, 12-year old Bird decides to try and find his mother using some clues that she left for him. The second part of the book is Bird's mother's story of her life revealed to Bird when he finds her in a deserted house in Brooklyn, where she is working on a project to track down "our missing hearts," the many children who have been taken away from their parents. Bird comes to understand his mother's commitment, and he and his father must decide how they will go on with their lives.

— Alice

October 2022 Indie Next List


“Set in an uncomfortably plausible dystopian near-future, Our Missing Hearts pulls no punches. Ng wrestles with how to find hope for ourselves and our children against forces that bend toward authoritarianism and nationalism.”
— Allyson Howard, Invitation Bookshop, Gig Harbor, WA

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An instant New York Times bestseller A New York Times Notable Book of 2022 • Named a Best Book of 2022 by People, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, Los Angeles Times, and Oprah Daily, and more A Reese's Book Club Pick

From the #1 bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere, comes the inspiring new novel about a mother’s unbreakable love.

 
“It’s impossible not to be moved.” —Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review
 
“Riveting, tender, and timely.” —People, Book of the Week

“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 Pick)

Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner lives a quiet existence with his loving father, a former linguist who now shelves books in a university library. His mother Margaret, a Chinese American poet, left without a trace when he was nine years old. He doesn’t know what happened to her—only that her books have been banned—and he resents that she cared more about her work than about him. 

Then one day, Bird receives a mysterious letter containing only a cryptic drawing, and soon 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 heroic librarians, and finally to New York City, where he will finally learn the truth about what happened to his mother, and what the future holds for them both.

Our Missing Hearts is an old story made new, of the ways supposedly civilized communities can ignore the most searing injustice. It’s about the lessons and legacies we pass on to our children, and the power of art to create change.

About the Author


Celeste Ng is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the novels Everything I Never Told You, Little Fires Everywhere, and Our Missing Hearts. Ng is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and her work has been published in over thirty languages.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780593632673
ISBN-10: 0593632672
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
Pages: 416
Language: English