Book Notes: Our Missing Hearts

What can I say about Our Missing Hearts?

Beautiful.

Haunting.

Heart-breaking.

The kind of book that stays with you for days. Weeks.

Celeste Ng’s powerful new novel, Our Missing Hearts, is set in a not-too-distant future America where patriotism has been codified to quell a national Crisis and economic collapse. “Normalcy” has been restored by putting the blame on China, the othering of people of Asian origin and, in certain cases, removing children from “dissident” parents. Twelve-year-old Bird lives a quiet life with his father. His mother disappeared three years ago, and all Bird knows about her absence is that he can never speak of her.

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A Word on Book Clubs

We at Island Books love a good book club – fellow book lovers gathering together to discuss how much they loved (or hated) the newest releases or backlist hidden gems. Sometimes it feels like we have our own impromptu staff book club when two or three of us have read the same book and start talking about it behind the counter. And when newcomers venture into Island Books for the first time, they often catch sight of a small bookshelf to the side of the entrance filled with selections for the two book clubs Island Books facilitates, as well as the monthly selections for other local book clubs. Joining a book club is a wonderful way to get to know people in your community and spend time with people who love to talk about books.

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