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From Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
Every season we find a real page-turner, and this winter it is A Heart of Stone, the stunning story of Ellen Van Bemmel, raised with her four siblings and their loving parents outside Amsterdam, penned by a Dutch novelist. Ellen's parents, who ran a successful American news-clipping service, thoroughly steeped their children in the Americana of the '60s and '70s, complete with potato chips, Coke, and Neil Armstrong's famous moon landing. But a terrible accident occurred on Ellen's 12th birthday, and things began to spin out of control.
Years later, Ellen learns that the house of her childhood is up for sale. Estranged from her husband and pregnant, she decides to buy it, and the house comes into her possession teeming with memories, many of which she has yet to confront. Facing the ghosts of her childhood, Ellen discovers an old photo album that helps her piece together the puzzle of her past. Image by painful image, she relives the unspeakable events. Yet in discovering the sad truth, Ellen herself is freed to love, to embrace her own motherhood and the life she so desperately wants. A Heart of Stone is an emotional roller coaster unlike any book you've read before. (Winter 2001 Selection)