A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
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New York Times Notable Book of the Year * Washington Post Top Ten Book of the Year
In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.
For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja’s world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.
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Publishers Weekly Review
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I discovered a world I never knew existed, and it revealed all of its Soul. A marvelous read.
Didn't like it at all. It was so difficult to follow & very boring even though it could have been told in a much more interesting way
Very interesting book, really makes you think.
- Category: Literary
- Published: May 07, 2013
- Publisher: Crown/Archetype
- Seller: Random House, LLC
- Print Length: 416 Pages
- Language: English