A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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Stegner Fellow, Iowa MFA, and winner of The Atlantic's Student Writing Contest, Anthony Marra has written a brilliant debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbor a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences. In the final days of December 2004, in a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa hides in the woods when her father is abducted by Russian forces. Fearing for her life, she flees with their neighbor Akhmed--a failed physician--to the bombed-out hospital, where Sonja, the one remaining doctor, treats a steady stream of wounded rebels and refugees and mourns her missing sister. Over the course of five dramatic days, Akhmed and Sonja reach back into their pasts to unravel the intricate mystery of coincidence, betrayal, and forgiveness that unexpectedly binds them and decides their fate. With The English Patient's dramatic sweep and The Tiger's Wife's expert sense of...
Publisher: New York : Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2013
ISBN: 9780385363570
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO
PS3613.A768726 C66 2013
Characteristics: 1 sound file
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Apr 25, 2014

I actually liked the reader. This has been one of my favourite audio-books. And I agree the quality of writing is beautiful and painful.

Sep 06, 2013

A great novel about the most difficult subject matter. The child Havaa is enchanting, and most of the characters are so noble and loving in this brutal situation. I would give it five stars, but in this audio version the reader's treatment of accents was irritating.


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