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Book Notes: Our Missing Hearts

What can I say about Our Missing Hearts?




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.