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A distant heart

by Dev, Sonali,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 12 Libraries 12 of 13 copies
Available (12)
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Bethel Park Public Library Fiction FIC DEV Sonali
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC DEV Sonali
CLP - East Liberty Fiction Collection FICTION Dev
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FICTION Dev
CLP - Lawrenceville Fiction Collection FICTION Dev
Location  CLP - Lawrenceville
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FICTION Dev
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Dev
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION Dev
CLP - Squirrel Hill Fiction Collection FICTION Dev
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FICTION Dev
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Fiction FIC DEV
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC DEV
Monroeville Public Library Fiction DEV SONALI
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  DEV SONALI
Moon Township Public Library Fiction F DEV Sonali
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F DEV Sonali
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction DEV Sonali
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  DEV Sonali
Northland Public Library Fiction FIC DEV
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC DEV
Upper St. Clair Township Library Romance Fiction ROMANCE DEV Sonali   
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Romance Fiction
Call Number  ROMANCE DEV Sonali   
Whitehall Public Library Fiction Collection FIC Dev
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FIC Dev
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Shaler North Hills Library Fiction CHECKED OUT
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
Born to her parents in Mumbai as a result of prayer, pilgrimage, and every fertility treatment known to modern medicine, Kimaya is the first of her mother's babies to survive after seven miscarriages. Needless to say, her parents treat her like the miracle she is, and protect her from anything outside their mansion. But she develops a rare form or aplastic anemia at the age of ten that severely compromises her immune system and requires her to be isolated in a Laminar airflow room. Trapped in her ivory tower, she befriends the boy who shows up to wash her windows when he makes the math homework that befuddles her magically easy to understand with his brilliant mind.

Rahul Savant was thirteen when his father died taking a bullet for Kimi's politician father. Rahul was left to take care of two younger siblings and his mother. He accepts Kimi's father's mentorship on the condition that he works off the charity as a servant in his home. As he struggles to take care of his family in his poverty and crime-ridden neighborhood he loses his beloved younger sister to illness and learns that blocking out his emotions is the only way to survive loss. But his friendship with Kimi is something he can restrict to the few hours he spends with her across the plastic curtain of her isolation room.

As the years go by Rahul and Kimi develop a unique and deep friendship. He becomes her eyes to the outside world and she becomes his refuge in a cruel world. With Kimi's encouragement, Rahul makes his way into the extremely selective Indian Civil Services Police Cadre. When Kimi is given a new lease on life via a life-saving procedure, she and Rahul must navigate their undeniable attraction, their lost friendship, complicated family dynamics, and a web of lies that cut too close to home to learn the real meaning of courage, loss and love.

Story Locale- Contemporary Mumbai, India
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Alternating timelines and perspectives, Dev (A Change of Heart, 2016) weaves a vibrant tapestry depicting an intimate relationship. In the past, a rare immunodeficiency confines Kimi to her germ-free bedroom. Her only friend, Rahul, pays off a debt to her father by washing windows and tutoring Kimi, trying to maintain an emotional distance from the sick girl with the doe-like eyes. In the present, Kimi lives a normal life after multiple treatments and a heart transplant until Rahul, now a police officer, informs her that the leader of a black-market organ ring is targeting her. Thrilling action sequences and a complex, weighty romance propel this smart, sensitive story. A natural wordsmith, Dev dives into the psyches of disparate characters with voice-driven prose that includes both chilling insights and quirky humor. She also paints a vivid picture of modern Mumbai, from Kimi's pristine mansion to Rahul's overcrowded chawl (tenement), and the many personalities who inhabit it. Subplots and characters overlap in Dev's novels, so even though this is a stand-alone, encourage patrons to read her earlier novels for an even-more-enriching experience. This poignant, sensual, and exciting tale captures a range of emotions and conflicts.--Hyzy, Biz Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Heart -- Transplantation -- Fiction.
Sale of organs, tissues, etc. -- Fiction.
Black market -- Fiction.
Social classes -- India -- Mumbai -- Fiction.
Mumbai (India) -- Fiction.
Romance fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2018
Language English
Notes Includes discussion questions (pages 301-302).
Description x, 302 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781496705761
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