I thought at first, that lena was just being a regular child who felt like she needed to be with the cool crowd. While vaclav s burgeoning love of performing magic is indulged by hardworking parents pursuing the american dream, troubled orphan lena is caught in a domestic situation no child should suffer through. Discover more authors youll love listening to on audible. No, not even the face of god, which a person might try to imagine. His other half is lena, a shy waif of a girl whose struggle to learn english and lack of family has left her marooned in a strange land. They meet in an esl class in school and they immediately became best friends. Vaclav thought lena would be perfect as his assistant. Lena and vaclav look at the door with wide, terrified eyes. Named by the national book foundation as a 5 under 35 author vaclav and lena seem destined for each other. Vaclav brings lena home, and hes mother observes vaclavs doing her homework, she is eating from their refrigerator. Lena needs vaclav because she doesnt have a family of her own.
Named by the national book foundation as a 5 under 35 authorvaclav and lena seem destined for each other. Read vaclav e lena by haley tanner available from rakuten kobo. Meanwhile, lena endured horrific domestic strife before vaclav s mother took her in. Rasias 911 call results in childrens services removing lena, in her subsequent adoption by a loving and responsible new mom, and a sevenyear separation from vaclav. Lowman 3 stars vaclav and lena are 20th century russian immigrant children growing up in new york city. Vaclav, who dreams of becoming a famous magician, is.
Lena, struggling with english, takes comfort in the safety of. Instead vaclav s mother takes lena under her wing, tries to be a substitute mother to her. Meanwhile, lena endured horrific domestic strife before vaclavs mother took her in. She doesnt like this, but she is aware of her home life, and feels for her, and says and. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. June 8, 2011 from the moment they meet in new yorks brighton beach neighborhood, vaclav and lena make magic together. Vaclav, fond of performing magic, was encouraged by his parents to strive towards the american dream.
They meet as children in an englishasasecondlanguage class in brighton beach, brooklyn. She has disappeared from vaclavs and his familys lives as if by a cruel magic trick. Browse haley tanners bestselling audiobooks and newest titles. For the next seven years, vaclav says goodnight to lena without fail, wondering if she is doing the same somewhere. Just for today get free read 30 days named by the national book foundation as a 5 under 35.
Buy vaclav and lena by tanner, haley from amazons fiction books store. Being immigrants, vaclav and lena are the odd outcasts trying to find their voices and their place in the world. Stream and download audiobooks to your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Vaclav and lena tells of two russian immigrants who meet as small children in brighton beach, new york. On the eve of lenas seventeenth birthday he finds out. Part adventure story, part love story, part homecoming, still points north is a pageturning memoir that explores the. Haley tanner audio books, best sellers, author bio. Lena now is as unknowable to vaclav as the feeling of the skin on the backs of gods knees, if god even has knees, which of course is. Lena is sure that other people dont have many selves. Vaclav and lena, both the children of russian emigres, are at the same time from radically different worlds. Still points north one alaskan childhood, one grownup world, one long journey home. She is terrified that she doesnt have a core self, an essential lena. She doesnt like this, but she is aware of her home life, and feels for her, and says and does nothing.
Vaclav brings lena home, and hes mother observes vaclav s doing her homework, she is eating from their refrigerator. She feels that she used to but that she lost it along the way, that at some point it. While vaclavs burgeoning love of performing magic is indulged by hardworking parents. Vaclav and lena are both children of russian immigrant families that have settled in contemporary brooklyn. Audio book sample courtesy of penguin random house audio. She lives with her aunt, who works at a nightclub, which is a euphemism for her actual occupation, prostitution. Vaclav and lena are both russian immigrants in america. Join the random house readers circle for author chats and more.26 1249 1348 880 920 528 1101 560 248 239 104 583 787 1518 430 809 5 1082 287 736 188 393 692 911 649 1433 529 421 491 354 1351 898