Lane von Herzen The Unfastened Heart

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The Unfastened Heart

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The acclaimed author of "Copper Crown" paints a stunning portrait of a woman whose extraordinary gift for loving others is put to an extreme test when a man casts a shadow over her relationship with her daughter.

"Tender and compassionate, The Unfastened Heart takes us deep into an enchanted -- and enchanting -- world." -- The New York Times Book Review. Literary Guild Selection, Doubleday Book Club selection. Movie rights sold to Columbia Pictures.

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Lane von Herzen has received literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and Yaddo. She graduated from Dartmouth College with her B.A. in English literature and received her MFA in English literature from the writers' workshop at University of California, Irvine. Her first novel, "Copper Crown," was selected for the Discover Great New Writers series by Barnes and Noble, and has been taught in Women's Studies courses throughout the United States. Both novels were selections of the Literary Guild. Film rights to "The Unfastened Heart" sold to Columbia Pictures.

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This light but charming follow-up to Copper Crown (1991) is the whimsical story of a Southern California healer, her female clients, and their effect on her angelic daughter's first love affair. It took the love of a lifetime to transform Ann McCafferty, a Protestant counselor living in the California suburb of Marbury Park, into Anna de la Senda, a psychic healer whose house is filled with painted icons and chirping birds and whose circle of clients, the Lovelorn Women, drop in once a week for tea and sympathy. Anna's beloved husband, a house painter named Cristobal, converted her to Catholicism and also taught her to appreciate the mystical- -before bolting back to his first family in Mexico. Since then her life has focused on their ethereal daughter, Mariela, who is now 18 and in love herself for the first time. Anna is not pleased to learn that the object of Mariela's passion is Addison Ettinger, son of the rich, arrogant, recently widowed doctor next door; she foresees that the unequal liaison will bring sorrow to her daughter. When Dr. Ettinger asks Anna to counsel him in his grief, however, the healer soon finds herself falling in love with her patient, and it is all she can do to reject him when her prophecy comes true. Soon after Addison escapes to a writer's colony in New Mexico, Mariela learns she's pregnant. Anna suffers while her daughter grieves and eventually loses the baby. Life seems to be turning out tragically for all concerned until the Lovelorn Women come to the rescue--retrieving Addison from his hideaway, giggling and chattering among themselves while they wait for the de la Senda women and their lovers to reunite. An endearing tale, though von Herzen's characters are, for the most part, familiar members of the magical realism roster. (Literary Guild selection) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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