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Vaclav & Lena - A Novel

Haley Tanner

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NAMED BY THE NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION AS A 5 UNDER 35 AUTHOR Vaclav and Lena seem destined for each other. They meet as children in an ESL class in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Vaclav is precocious and verbal. Lena, struggling with English, takes comfort in the safety of his adoration, his noisy, loving home, and the care of Rasia, his big-hearted mother. Vaclav imagines their story unfolding like a fairy tale, or the perfect illusion from his treasured Magician's Almanac, but among the many truths to be discovered in Haley Tanner's wondrous debut is that happily ever after is never a foregone conclusion. One day, Lena does not show up for school. She has disappeared from Vaclav and his family's lives as if by a cruel magic trick. For the next seven years, Vaclav says goodnight to Lena without fail, wondering if she is doing the same somewhere. On the eve of Lena's seventeenth birthday he finds out. Haley Tanner has the originality and verve of a born storyteller, and the boldness to imagine a world in which love can overcome the most difficult circumstances. In Vaclav & Lena she has created two unforgettable young protagonists who evoke the joy, the confusion, and the passion of having a profound, everlasting connection with someone else. Praise for Vaclav & Lena "Wonderful and wrenching . . . Vibrant characters, believable romance and dark undertones make for a moving tale."-The New York Times "From the moment they meet, Vaclav and Lena make magic together. . . . Through all the twists and turns of the book, the most enduring theme of the novel is love."-NPR "Haley Tanner's assured narrative voice finds new ways to describe emotion and character, stunning the reader again and again with small shocks of awareness. This book is sad, funny, true, and shot through with grace."-Judy Blundell, National Book Award-winning author of What I Saw and How I Lied "Highly recommended . . . Tanner's captivating debut novel is a love story of unusual innocence and intensity [and] a suspenseful, literary work that

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kirby Heyborne, Rebecca Lowman

Length:

9h 50m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:57


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:55


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:58


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:47


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:34


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:20


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:11


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:16


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:28


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:56


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:57


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:01


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:02


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:35


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:40


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:08


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:05


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:27


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:28


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:48


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:57


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:33


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:54


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:03


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:49


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:05


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:49


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:23


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:34


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:52


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:12


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:50


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:28


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:08


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:57


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:04


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:03


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:46


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:15


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:23


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:12


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:11


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:46


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:47


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:45


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:56


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:58


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:17


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:16


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:37


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:16


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

00:36