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Heartwood - A Novel

Belva Plain

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Few authors have understood the tender intricacies of relationships better than the incomparable Belva Plain. For three decades her deeply moving epics have captivated the hearts and imaginations of readers everywhere. Now, in her final novel, she comes full circle with the themes she took up in her very first work, Evergreen, bringing us this unforgettable story of family and friendship, love and marriage, the challenges of life and the true secret of happiness. Though Iris Stern considers herself a modern woman, with a successful academic career and a happy marriage, she still holds steadfast to her old-fashioned sensibilities. But as the mother of three adult children, each with their own lives and burdens to bear, she often finds those sensibilities called into question when confronted with the choices her children have made. For one of Iris's daughters, it's the choice of a fresh start in New York City-and a last chance to save her troubled marriage. While Laura and Robbie cope with an impending separation and its effect on Iris's young granddaughter, Iris herself must come to grips with the discovery of a long-held family secret. But it's an emotional parting of another kind that looms most prominently on Iris's horizon-as neither her beloved husband, nor the solidity of her own marriage, is immune to the ravages of time. Through separations and reunions, the changes we cannot avoid and the love that sustains, Iris will weather whatever lies ahead with a faith that cannot be shaken. Like the inmost rings of a tree that abide through the generations, she will be as strong as heartwood. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Karen White

Length:

9h 9m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

28:43


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

12:36


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

25:02


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

18:38


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

16:50


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

12:26


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

15:24


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

11:16


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

18:16


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

14:06


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

13:33


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

08:53


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

11:42


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

15:06


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

11:18


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

15:15


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

20:00


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

14:14


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

09:38


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

24:45


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

16:40


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

30:46


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

08:16


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

08:18


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

23:52


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

16:27


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

10:53


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

07:31


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

25:54


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

13:32


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

05:26


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

07:22


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

07:24


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

10:45


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

29:28


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

08:54


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

00:30