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Clara's Heart by [Joseph Olshan]

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Joseph Olshan is the award-winning author of nine novels, the most recent of which, Cloudland (2012), was hailed by the New York Times: “Joseph Olshan has stepped up and hit one for the home team.  The bracing clarity of his prose . . . observes the destructive impact [the] killings have on this isolated region.”     

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With its intricate characterization, a plot that weaves together two very different cultures, and a narrative enriched by fresh, often poignant dialogue, this is an extraordinary first novel. At its heart is the unusually close relationship betwen Clara, a Jamaican, and David Hart, who is eight years old when Clara enters his life. David's mother meets Clara in a Jamaican hotel, where the kind, wise woman is a chambermaid. The Harts are on a trip designed to lift Leona from the depression that has engulfed her since her infant daughter was found dead in her crib. Clara reaches out to Leona, soothing her in a way no one else has been able to, and the woman returns to Rye, N.Y., as the Hart's live-in housekeeper. Leona turns to spiritualism and philosophy to fight her inner emptiness, becoming estranged from her husband, who eventually moves out. It is then Clara who provides the only constancy in David's life. Yet the intensity of their friendship, and the dark secret of her past that Clara is determined to hide from David, creates an emotional chaos that is skillfully portrayed and finally resolved in this wonderful novel, which won the London Times/Jonathan Cape Young Writers' Competition. November 21
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00DHH1278
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Delphinium Books; Reprint edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 9, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1619 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
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    4.2 out of 5 stars 30 ratings

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Joseph Olshan is the award-winning author of ten novels. His broad-ranging subjects vary from the wise, tough-minded, hilarious Clara Mayfield who became the model of the film character based on his novel, Clara's Heart, to an aristocratic, politically savvy Italian novelist who lives in a villa in Tuscany (The Conversion). His new novel, Black Diamond Fall (Polis Books) is based on two true events: the disappearance of a Middlebury College student; and the vandalism of the Robert Frost Homestead in nearby Ripton. He lives in Vermont

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