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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - A Novel

Anthony Marra

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.

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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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Colette Whitaker

Length:

12h 7m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:23


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

46:15


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

18:05


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

26:16


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

49:01


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

41:22


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

12:41


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

36:34


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

21:09


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

02:41


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

45:22


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

17:44


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

40:54


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

13:55


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

11:59


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

07:53


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

27:33


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

12:33


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

01:22:33


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

12:31


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

03:46


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

25:54


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

16:12


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

18:09


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

37:43


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

37:08


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

16:51


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

23:26


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

16:31


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

04:22


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

00:26