Where my heart used to beat is the new bestseller by the author of Birdsong and A week in December.
Central to the story is physician and psychiatrist Robert Hendricks, whose life we come to know from the time he spent in the war in Dunkirk to the 1980s, when he is now sixty something.
The themes that run through are of love and war, of memory and desire and of the relationship between the body and mind. Robert appears to have sentenced himself to a life of solitude, as he tries to keep his own memories buried - until he fulfills the mysterious request from a stranger in the south of France.
While the story-line of this moving novel is hard to narrate, jumping as it does through a series of flashbacks, confessions and remembrances, it makes compelling reading.
If you especially enjoy a “literary yet popular” style of writing and eagerly await every new book by Sebastian Faulks, you won’t be disappointed.
Title: Where my heart used to beat
Author: Sebastian Faulks
Reviewed by Suneeta N, Highland Park Library
Suneeta particularly enjoys biographies, travel stories and reading authors from around the world. She loves a good discussion and believes that everybody has a story worth telling.