When Things Are Alive They Hum by Hannah Bent

When Things Are Alive They Hum by Hannah Bent

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Australian Women’s Weekly Great Read

‘Hannah Bent’s outstanding debut is a wise, wondrous celebration of life.’ – The Australian
‘Hannah Bent has created a literary heroine of such pure beauty she takes your breath away.’ – Australian Women’s Weekly
 
Marlowe and Harper share a bond deeper than most sisters, shaped by the loss of their mother in childhood. For Harper, living with what she calls the Up syndrome and gifted with an endless capacity for wonder, Marlowe and she are connected by an invisible thread, like the hum that connects all things. For Marlowe, they are bound by her fierce determination to keep Harper, born with a congenital heart disorder, alive. 

Now twenty-five, Marlowe is living abroad when she receives the devastating call that Harper’s heart is failing and she is being denied a transplant by the medical establishment. Marlowe rushes to her childhood home in Hong Kong to be by Harper’s side and soon has to answer the question – what lengths would you go to save your sister? 

When Things are Alive They Hum poses profound questions about the nature of love and existence, the ways grief changes us, and how we confront the hand fate has dealt us. Intensely moving, exquisitely written and literally humming with wonder, it is a novel that celebrates life in all its guises, and what comes after.

PRAISE FOR WHEN THINGS ARE ALIVE THEY HUM
‘When literature is alive it hums, and rattles and warms and hurts and heals. Hannah Bent and her wondrous Harper and Marlowe have changed the way I’ve been going about my days. What a gift.’ – Trent Dalton, author of Boy Swallows Universe and All Our Shimmering Skies

Product Features:

  • When Things Are Alive They Hum poses profound questions about the nature of love and existence, the ways grief changes us, and how we confront the hand fate has dealt us.
  • From the author: ‘I wrote this story as a love letter to my sister who has Down syndrome. It took me many years to write and is essentially a story about love, grief and the interconnectedness of all things.’ 
  • For readers who loved Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult, The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards, Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams; the themes also crossover with Phosphorescence by Julia Baird.
  • This is perfect bookclub fiction; the campaign centres on wonder, the themes are universal: grief, love, fate, life and death choices.
Article Number:
172666
Author:
Hannah Bent
Brand Name:
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN:
9781761150081
Number of Pages:
384
Product Contains:
Paperback
Product Depth:
3.0 cm
Product Height:
23.4 cm
Product Weight:
0.435 kg
Product Width:
15.3 cm
Published:
28.07.2021
Publisher:
Ultimo Press
Product details
Australian Women’s Weekly Great Read

‘Hannah Bent’s outstanding debut is a wise, wondrous celebration of life.’ – The Australian
‘Hannah Bent has created a literary heroine of such pure beauty she takes your breath away.’ – Australian Women’s Weekly
 
Marlowe and Harper share a bond deeper than most sisters, shaped by the loss of their mother in childhood. For Harper, living with what she calls the Up syndrome and gifted with an endless capacity for wonder, Marlowe and she are connected by an invisible thread, like the hum that connects all things. For Marlowe, they are bound by her fierce determination to keep Harper, born with a congenital heart disorder, alive. 

Now twenty-five, Marlowe is living abroad when she receives the devastating call that Harper’s heart is failing and she is being denied a transplant by the medical establishment. Marlowe rushes to her childhood home in Hong Kong to be by Harper’s side and soon has to answer the question – what lengths would you go to save your sister? 

When Things are Alive They Hum poses profound questions about the nature of love and existence, the ways grief changes us, and how we confront the hand fate has dealt us. Intensely moving, exquisitely written and literally humming with wonder, it is a novel that celebrates life in all its guises, and what comes after.

PRAISE FOR WHEN THINGS ARE ALIVE THEY HUM
‘When literature is alive it hums, and rattles and warms and hurts and heals. Hannah Bent and her wondrous Harper and Marlowe have changed the way I’ve been going about my days. What a gift.’ – Trent Dalton, author of Boy Swallows Universe and All Our Shimmering Skies

Product Features:

  • When Things Are Alive They Hum poses profound questions about the nature of love and existence, the ways grief changes us, and how we confront the hand fate has dealt us.
  • From the author: ‘I wrote this story as a love letter to my sister who has Down syndrome. It took me many years to write and is essentially a story about love, grief and the interconnectedness of all things.’ 
  • For readers who loved Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult, The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards, Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams; the themes also crossover with Phosphorescence by Julia Baird.
  • This is perfect bookclub fiction; the campaign centres on wonder, the themes are universal: grief, love, fate, life and death choices.
Specification
Article Number:
172666
Author:
Hannah Bent
Brand Name:
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN:
9781761150081
Number of Pages:
384
Product Contains:
Paperback
Product Depth:
3.0 cm
Product Height:
23.4 cm
Product Weight:
0.435 kg
Product Width:
15.3 cm
Published:
28.07.2021
Publisher:
Ultimo Press