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Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner

Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner

Vaclav and Lena seem destined for each other. They meet as children in an ESL class in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Vaclav is precocious and verbal. Lena, struggling with English, takes comfort in the safety of his adoration, his noisy, loving home, and the care of Rasia, his big-hearted mother. Vaclav imagines their story unfolding like a fairy tale, or the perfect illusion from his treasured Magician’s Almanac, but among the many truths to be discovered in Haley Tanner’s wondrous debut is that happily ever after is never a foregone conclusion.

One day, Lena does not show up for school. She has disappeared from Vaclav and his family’s lives as if by a cruel magic trick. For the next seven years, Vaclav says goodnight to Lena without fail, wondering if she is doing the same somewhere. On the eve of Lena’s seventeenth birthday he finds out.

Haley Tanner has the originality and verve of a born storyteller, and the boldness to imagine a world in which love can overcome the most difficult circumstances. In Vaclav & Lena she has created two unforgettable young protagonists who evoke the joy, the confusion, and the passion of having a profound, everlasting connection with someone else.

A timeless love story that will appeal to anyone who’s ever been young and in love. Read an excerpt.


One Response to “Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner”

  1. Julia Nixon says:

    Just finished Vaclav & Lena. A very good first novel is always a treat! Am a retired high school librarian; mention that because while reading this book, I thought “if I were still working, I’d buy this for h.s. library.” The kids would love it! I did too. Julia

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