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Author: Maylis de Kerangal Narrator: Steven Jay Cohen Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2019 ISBN: 9781094108629
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Just before dawn on a Sunday morning, three teenage boys go surfing. While driving home exhausted, the boys are involved in a fatal car accident on a deserted road. Two of the boys are wearing seat belts; one goes through the windshield. The doctors declare him brain-dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, but his heart is still beating.

The Heart takes place over the twenty-four hours surrounding the resulting heart transplant, as life is taken from a young man and given to a woman close to death. In gorgeous, ruminative prose, it examines the deepest feelings of everyone involved as they navigate decisions of life and death.

As stylistically audacious as it is emotionally explosive, The Heart mesmerized readers in France, where it has been hailed as the breakthrough work of a new literary star. With the precision of a surgeon and the language of a poet, de Kerangal has made a major contribution to both medicine and literature with an epic tale of grief, hope, and survival.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “From its first, hurtling, paragraph-long sentence, this novel vividly dramatizes each step in the organ-donation process.”

    New Yorker

  • “I read The Heart in a single sitting. It is a gripping, deceptively simple tale—a death, a life resurrected—in which you follow along as everyone touched by the events is made to reveal what matters most to them in their lives. I was completely absorbed.”

    Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal

  • “Stunningly well written, ravishingly translated.”

    Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk about Kevin

  • The Heart is the best medical novel I’ve read in years. A deep and gripping meditation on the nature of grief. I was mesmerized.”

    Sandeep Jauhar, author of Doctored

  • “This novel is an exploration not only of death but of life, of humanity and fragility, ‘because the heart is more than the heart.’“

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An exquisite valentine to that engine on which every breath depends…Transcendent.”

    More magazine

  • “This unlike-anything-you’ve-ever-read novel…shimmers and sears at the same time.”


  • “Shows that narratives around illness and pain can energize the nobler angels of our nature and make for profoundly lovely art.”

    The Guardian (London)

  • “The writing in The Heart has a hurtling, onrushing quality… Sam Taylor[‘s] translation throbs with beauty, sorrow, and an undimmed astonishment at the life of the body.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[De Kerangal’s] writing is uncommonly beautiful and never lacking humanity.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A sensuous and propulsive novel of tragedy and hope.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Winner of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize
  • Winner of the French-American Foundation Translation Prize
  • A Bill Gates Pick of One of Five Best Summer Reads
  • Finalist for the Albertine Prize

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About the Author

Maylis de Kerangal is the author of several novels in French. In 2014 Réparer les vivants was published to wide acclaim and won the Grand Prix RTL-Lire and the Student Choice Novel of the Year from France Culture and Télérama. Its English translation, The Heart, was one of the Wall Street Journal’s Ten Best Fiction Works of 2016 and was the winner of the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize. She lives in Paris, France.

About the Narrator

Steven Jay Cohen has been telling stories his whole life, and has worked professionally as a storyteller since 1991. A classically trained actor, he has worked both on stage and behind the microphone for most of his career. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Steven now resides in scenic western Massachusetts.