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Vaclav & Lena - New SIGNED 1st Edition/1st Printing

Tanner, Haley

Published by The Dial Press, 2011
ISBN 10: 1400069319 / ISBN 13: 9781400069316
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Title: Vaclav & Lena - New SIGNED 1st Edition/1st ...

Publisher: The Dial Press

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition


Haley Tanner's exceptionally well-received debut novel about growing up and finding love in the Russian emigre community of Brooklyn. This is a flawless brand new 1st Edition/1st Printing SIGNED by the author on the title page without inscription. Will be bubble-wrapped and shipped in a box to ensure safe delivery. Bookseller Inventory # ABH29

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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 is hard to put down.??Library Journal
?A debut to savor . . . Tanner?s charming story unfolds as gracefully as a flower.??People
?The magic Tanner makes is as dazzling as it is profound.??Booklist

Review: "Haley Tanner has created a world peopled with characters of great poignacy and they will linger in the mind - and heart - long after the book is put down." (Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Olive Kitteridge)

" Vaclav and Lena is a wonderful achievement, generous, playful, moving, and refreshing. It was the voice that first captivated me here, a voice that allows Haley Tanner to say anything at all, and to say it truly. Give this novel a few short pages, and I guarantee you'll want to read it to the end." (Kevin Brockmeier, author of The View from the Seventh Layer and The Brief History of the Dead)

"There are books you enjoy, and then there are books you live in. Haley Tanner plunges you into the Russian émigré community in Brooklyn, where two souls connect under a maternal watchful eye. Tanner's assured narrative voice finds new ways to describe emotion and character, bringing the reader up short 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)

" [A] wonderful and wrenching debut novel...Whimsical love stories are tough to pull off. But vibrant characters, believableromance and dark undertones make for a moving tale... Ms. Tanner is such a strong storyteller, and her distinctive voice - winsome without being dopey - engulfs you immediately...There are two love stories in this book: the one between the boy and the girl, and the one between the mother and the son...Many an author has relied on the redemptive power of love as the ultimate fixer. Too often its capacity to heal is taken for granted. Ms. Tanner reserves the abracadabra for Vaclav's routines. She shows what love can do and also what it cannot. But that's not to say that Ms. Tanner isn't a romantic. She offers a case of love so mighty that you believe that it will end up rescuing a traumatized young woman." ( New York Times)

"Vaclav and Lena meet as small children at an English class in Brooklyn. They have come from Russia during the aftermath of glasnost. At the age of 10 Vaclav has set his heart on becoming a famous magician and performing on the boardwalk at Coney Island, with Lena as his lovely assistant. He already knows that he will marry Lena some day. Tanner infuses their relationship with sunlight but never sentimentalises the immigrant experience. Vaclav's father is an architect who drives a cab and drinks vodka. The warmth in his house is generated by his mother, Rasia, who quietly feeds her son's little friend. Lena feels safe only with Vaclav and his family. Her parents are in Russia and she lives with her mostly absent aunt. One day Lena does not come to school and Vaclav spends the next seven years waiting for her. A uniquely charming first novel." (Kate Saunders The Times)

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