A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Anthony Marra

Narrated By: Colette Whitaker

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: May 2013

Duration: 12 hours 8 minutes

Summary:

A National Book Awards Longlist Selection

A New York Times and Washington Post bestseller

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.
 
Two doctors risk everything to save the life of a hunted child in this majestic debut about love, loss, and the unexpected ties that bind us together. “On the morning after the Feds burned down her house and took her father, Havaa woke from dreams of sea anemones.” Havaa, eight years old, hides in the woods and watches the blaze until her neighbor, Akhmed, discovers her sitting in the snow. Akhmed knows getting involved means risking his life, and there is no safe place to hide a child in a village where informers will do anything for a loaf of bread, but for reasons of his own, he sneaks her through the forest to the one place he thinks she might be safe: an abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded. Though Sonja protests that her hospital is not an orphanage, Akhmed convinces her to keep Havaa for a trial, and 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.

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  • Katherine J

    This is an excellent book! It deals with a difficult topic but helps the reader to understand the situation while adding unexpected humor trickled throughout. You are brought into the characters' lives coming to understand them with compassion for each unique personality.

Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel

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Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel, Anthony Marra