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Vaclav and Lena - Haley Tanner
Vaclav and Lena
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NAMED BY THE NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION AS A 5 UNDER 35 AUTHORVaclav and Lena seem destined for each other. They meet as children in an ESL class in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Vaclav is precocious and verbal. Lena, struggling with English, takes comfort in the safety of his adoration, his noisy,... show more
NAMED BY THE NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION AS A 5 UNDER 35 AUTHORVaclav and Lena seem destined for each other. They meet as children in an ESL class in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Vaclav is precocious and verbal. Lena, struggling with English, takes comfort in the safety of his adoration, his noisy, loving home, and the care of Rasia, his big-hearted mother. Vaclav imagines their story unfolding like a fairy tale, or the perfect illusion from his treasured Magician’s Almanac, but among the many truths to be discovered in Haley Tanner’s wondrous debut is that happily ever after is never a foregone conclusion.One day, Lena does not show up for school. She has disappeared from Vaclav and his family’s lives as if by a cruel magic trick. For the next seven years, Vaclav says goodnight to Lena without fail, wondering if she is doing the same somewhere. On the eve of Lena’s seventeenth birthday he finds out.Haley Tanner has the originality and verve of a born storyteller, and the boldness to imagine a world in which love can overcome the most difficult circumstances. In Vaclav & Lena she has created two unforgettable young protagonists who evoke the joy, the confusion, and the passion of having a profound, everlasting connection with someone else.Praise for Vaclav & Lena   “Wonderful and wrenching . . . Vibrant characters, believable romance and dark undertones make for a moving tale.”—The New York Times   “From the moment they meet, Vaclav and Lena make magic together. . . . Through all the twists and turns of the book, the most enduring theme of the novel is love.”—NPR   “Haley Tanner’s assured narrative voice finds new ways to describe emotion and character, stunning the reader again and again with small shocks of awareness. This book is sad, funny, true, and shot through with grace.”—Judy Blundell, National Book Award–winning author of What I Saw and How I Lied   “Highly recommended . . . Tanner’s captivating debut novel is a love story of unusual innocence and intensity [and] a suspenseful, literary work that is hard to put down.”—Library Journal   “A debut to savor . . . Tanner’s charming story unfolds as gracefully as a flower.”—People   “The magic Tanner makes is as dazzling as it is profound.”—Booklist
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400069316 (1400069319)
Publisher: The Dial Press
Pages no: 292
Edition language: English
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Remember When the Music
Remember When the Music rated it
4.0 Vaclav and Lena
Haley Tanner’s debut novel Vaclav and Lena is a particular brand of boy meets girl story that was a true delight to read. Vaclav and Lena are both Russian immigrant children living in the same Brooklyn neighborhood. They meet when placed in the same elementary school ESL class. On a trip to Coney Is...
the eBookWhore
the eBookWhore rated it
There is really something about the way a book is written that captivates you. Like this book. I loved the way it was written, it sounded so naive, so innocent to me.The tone makes you feel like you are reading something epic, something out of this world, something great. It maybe is. Or it may simp...
tyene
tyene rated it
3.5E poi dicono che i titoli non sono importanti! Parliamo del titolo originale "Vaclav e Lena" e mettiamolo a confronto con "Cose da salvare in caso di incendio" e cosa viene fuori? semplice, io un libro chiamato "Vaclav e Lena" non lo avrei mai letto. La versione inglese di questo libro (titolo e ...
CluckingBell
CluckingBell rated it
1.0 Vaclav & Lena: A Novel
I really wanted to like this book. Really wanted to. I heard an interview with the author last year, and she seemed lovely, and certainly her personal story of love and loss was beautiful and compelling. And I am still crazy in love with the cover art (ETA: not the cover shown here, but the cover on...
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3.0
I wasn't sure I was going to read this book. I thought it was a young adult book. In some ways it is; it deals with young adults and their search for what will determine their future choices in life. Having completed the book I feel the primary audience is not just young adults. Maybe this is one of...
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