The Heart Broke in (MP3 CD)
One of my three favorite novels published in 2012, this is the story
of scientist Bec
(Rebecca) Shepherd and her aging, rock-n-roller brother Ritchie.
secrets concerning their father, a British solider who was killed
when they were
kids. The story follows Bec as she travels back and forth from
London to Africa searching
for a malaria cure. Along the way she meets Alex another scientist,
James Meeks writes short, beautifully composed chapters in elegant
prose. He also
creates realistic interactions with his characters. His plot is
intricate and satisfying with
clever twists, surprises, and betrayals. There are also a lot of
laughs, especially involving
the wonderful Alex and his pursuit of Bec.
From James Meek, the prize-winning author of the international best seller The People's Act of Love, comes a rich and intricate novel about everything that matters to us now: children, celebrity, secrets and shame, the quest for youth, loyalty and betrayal, falls from grace, acts of terror, and the wonderful, terrible inescapability of family.
Ritchie Shepherd, an aging pop star and a producer of a reality show for teen talent, is starting to trip over his own lies. Maybe filming a documentary about his father, a British soldier executed by Northern Irish guerrillas, will redeem him.
His sister, Bec, is getting closer and closer to a vaccine for malaria. When she's not in Tanzania harvesting field samples, she's peering through a microscope at her own blood to chart the risky treatment she's testing on herself. She's as addicted to honesty as Ritchie is to trickery.
Val Oatman is the editor of a powerful tabloid newspaper. The self-appointed conscience of the nation, scourge of hypocrites and cheats, he believes he will marry beautiful Bec.
Alex Comrie, a gene therapist (and formerly the drummer in Ritchie's band), is battling his mortally ill uncle, a brilliant and domineering scientist, over whether Alex might actually have discovered a cure for aging. Alex, too, believes he will marry Bec.
Colum Donobhan has just been released from prison, having served a 25-year sentence for putting a gun to Captain Shepherd's head when he refused to give up an informer. He now writes poetry.
Their stories meet and tangle in this bighearted epic that is also shrewd, starkly funny, and utterly of the moment. The Heart Broke In is fiction with the reverberating resonance of truth.