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When Things Are Alive They Hum

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My hum... will be in everything, the wind, the sea, the sand, the air, in you. A beautiful, moving, wondrous celebration of life in the vein of The Signature of All Things and My Sister's Keeper. Marlowe and Harper share a bond deeper than most sisters, shaped by the loss of their mother in childhood. For Harper, living with what she calls the Up syndrome and gifted with an endless capacity for wonder, Marlowe and she are connected by an invisible thread, like the hum that connects all things. For Marlowe, they are bound by her fierce determination to keep Harper, born with a congenital heart disorder, alive. Now 25, Marlowe is finally living her own life abroad, pursuing her studies of a rare species of butterfly secure in the knowledge Harper's happiness is complete, having found love with boyfriend, Louis. But then she receives the devastating call that Harper's heart is failing. She needs a heart transplant but is denied one by the medical establishment because she is living with a disability. Marlowe rushes to her childhood home in Hong Kong to be by Harper's side and soon has to answer the question – what lengths would you go to save your sister? When Things Are Alive They Hum poses profound questions about the nature of love and existence, the ways grief changes us, and how we confront the hand fate has dealt us. Intensely moving, exquisitely written and literally humming with wonder, it is a novel that celebrates life in all its guises, and what comes after. 'When literature is alive it hums, and rattles and warms and hurts and heals. Hannah Bent and her wondrous Harper and Marlowe have changed the way I've been going about my days. What a gift.' Trent Dalton, author of Boy Swallows Universe and All Our Shimmering Skies 'One of the most captivating and memorable books I've read in a long time. Brave, tender and heartfelt, I foresee cheese platters stripped down to the last cracker as bookclubs reflect on this beautiful and thought-provoking novel.' Joanna Nell, author of The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village 'Hannah Bent's novel is compelling and tender, powerfully placing the reader in the heart and the mind of two sisters with contrasting expectations of life, and the imperatives of love. At times this pulls them in dangerously different directions but ultimately their ability to honour the essence of each other reminds us that in doing so, life-giving expansion is possible even when life itself may be diminishing.' Suzanne Daniel, author of Allegra in Three Parts 'My heart feels larger for reading Hannah Bent's beautiful debut. This is a novel which hums with love, truth and tenderness. I defy readers not to fall in love with Marlowe and Harper.' Kathryn Heyman, author of Fury

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Publisher: W F Howes Edition: Unabridged

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  • ISBN: 9781004058884
  • File size: 257672 KB
  • Release date: September 1, 2021
  • Duration: 08:56:48

MP3 audiobook

  • ISBN: 9781004058884
  • File size: 257702 KB
  • Release date: September 1, 2021
  • Duration: 09:00:45
  • Number of parts: 8

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English

My hum... will be in everything, the wind, the sea, the sand, the air, in you. A beautiful, moving, wondrous celebration of life in the vein of The Signature of All Things and My Sister's Keeper. Marlowe and Harper share a bond deeper than most sisters, shaped by the loss of their mother in childhood. For Harper, living with what she calls the Up syndrome and gifted with an endless capacity for wonder, Marlowe and she are connected by an invisible thread, like the hum that connects all things. For Marlowe, they are bound by her fierce determination to keep Harper, born with a congenital heart disorder, alive. Now 25, Marlowe is finally living her own life abroad, pursuing her studies of a rare species of butterfly secure in the knowledge Harper's happiness is complete, having found love with boyfriend, Louis. But then she receives the devastating call that Harper's heart is failing. She needs a heart transplant but is denied one by the medical establishment because she is living with a disability. Marlowe rushes to her childhood home in Hong Kong to be by Harper's side and soon has to answer the question – what lengths would you go to save your sister? When Things Are Alive They Hum poses profound questions about the nature of love and existence, the ways grief changes us, and how we confront the hand fate has dealt us. Intensely moving, exquisitely written and literally humming with wonder, it is a novel that celebrates life in all its guises, and what comes after. 'When literature is alive it hums, and rattles and warms and hurts and heals. Hannah Bent and her wondrous Harper and Marlowe have changed the way I've been going about my days. What a gift.' Trent Dalton, author of Boy Swallows Universe and All Our Shimmering Skies 'One of the most captivating and memorable books I've read in a long time. Brave, tender and heartfelt, I foresee cheese platters stripped down to the last cracker as bookclubs reflect on this beautiful and thought-provoking novel.' Joanna Nell, author of The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village 'Hannah Bent's novel is compelling and tender, powerfully placing the reader in the heart and the mind of two sisters with contrasting expectations of life, and the imperatives of love. At times this pulls them in dangerously different directions but ultimately their ability to honour the essence of each other reminds us that in doing so, life-giving expansion is possible even when life itself may be diminishing.' Suzanne Daniel, author of Allegra in Three Parts 'My heart feels larger for reading Hannah Bent's beautiful debut. This is a novel which hums with love, truth and tenderness. I defy readers not to fall in love with Marlowe and Harper.' Kathryn Heyman, author of Fury

Expand title description text
  • Details

    Publisher:
    W F Howes
    Edition:
    Unabridged

    OverDrive Listen audiobook
    ISBN: 9781004058884
    File size: 257672 KB
    Release date: September 1, 2021
    Duration: 08:56:48

    MP3 audiobook
    ISBN: 9781004058884
    File size: 257702 KB
    Release date: September 1, 2021
    Duration: 09:00:45
    Number of parts: 8

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  • Formats
    OverDrive Listen audiobook
    MP3 audiobook
  • Languages
    English