The Crying Heart Tattoo

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An international cult classic and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, The Crying Heart Tattoo follows the unlikely romance between a young man and a woman more than twice his age. Beginning their relationship when Sonny is just fourteen and Felicity thirty-four, the couple share a poignant history together that ends only upon Felicity's passing — despite four marriages, numerous obstacles, and enough misadventures to challenge the most loyal of lovers.

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Overview

An international cult classic and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, The Crying Heart Tattoo follows the unlikely romance between a young man and a woman more than twice his age. Beginning their relationship when Sonny is just fourteen and Felicity thirty-four, the couple share a poignant history together that ends only upon Felicity's passing — despite four marriages, numerous obstacles, and enough misadventures to challenge the most loyal of lovers.

At once heartbreaking and euphoric, their story mirrors the tale that Felicity has passed down to Sonny, a story uncanny in its similarity to their own: when a prehistoric outcast locates her former tribe, she falls in love with a young boy.

A masterful novel first published a quarter of a century ago, The Crying Heart Tattoo keeps the impossible within reach, proving once and for all that the struggle for true love is worth everything.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A poignant, funny tale about the love between a young man and a woman twice his age. (Sept.)
Library Journal
The main character, Sonny, narrates this story just days after the death of his life-long lover, Felicity Jones. His affair with Felicity, 20 years his senior, was kinky, unpredictable, irregular, and infrequent. Part of the attraction was a story that Felicity told Sonny in installments over the years. This saga paralleled their lives and gave vent to Felicity's hopes, dreams, fears, and despair. When the end of the story and Felicity's last words prove to be "the punch line" to a 30-year-long shaggy dog story, Sonny is the only person who can appreciate the joke. Martin writes well, alternating between living and imaginary characters, and humor and pathos abound. The tattoo ties it all together. Recommended for public libraries.-Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Providence
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416556091
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,142,958
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lozell Martin's previous novels include international bestsellers Lie to Me and Tap, Tap and the critically acclaimed The Crying Heart Tattoo, The Beginning of Sorrows, and Crazy Love. Facing Rushmore is his eleventh book. Martin lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    My favorite book. I've read it many times and have quoted it o

    My favorite book. I've read it many times and have quoted it often throughout the years. It will move you to get a crying heart tattoo...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2003

    amazing

    This is one of the most enchanting, and powerful books that I have ever, ever read. I highly recommend it.

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