NNLM Reading Club: Heart Health
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Discussion Guide for The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae
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Ailsa Rae is learning how to live. She's only a few months past the heart transplant that - just in time - saved her life. Now, finally, she can be a normal twenty-eight-year-old. She can climb a mountain. Dance. Wait in line all day for tickets to Wimbledon. But first, she has to put one foot in front of the other. So far, things are as bloody complicated as ever. Her relationship with her mother is at a breaking point and she wants to find her father. Then there's Lennox, whom Ailsa loved and lost. Will she ever find love again? Her new heart is a bold heart. She just needs to learn to listen to it. From the hospital to her childhood home, on social media and IRL, Ailsa will embark on a journey about what it means to be, and feel, alive.
The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae | Stephanie Butland | St Martin's Griffin | 2018 | 416 pages | ISBN: 978-1250217028
"A story of love, loss, learning, and lastly, living. Butland takes the reader on an emotional journey with Ailsa while she finally discovers who she is with her new heart and what type of person she wants to be."—Booklist
"Readers will learn about transplantation as they cheer on Ailsa as she starts a job and a relationship, chooses a career path and deals with the complexities of family."—Library Journal
Stephanie Butland lives with her family near the sea in the North East of England. She writes in a studio at the bottom of her garden, and when she's not writing, she trains people to think more creatively. For fun, she reads, knits, sews, bakes, and spins. She is an occasional performance poet.