Patrick, a fifty-year-old professor of American Studies, drinker and womaniser, has been given six months to live. In a rural part of Cambridgeshire, a teenager dies in a motorcycle accident. When his heart is transplanted into Patrick's chest, the lives of two strangers are forever conjoined.
Patrick makes a good recovery from surgery, but has the strange feeling that his old life 'won't have him'. He discovers that his donor's name was Drew Beamish, a local boy who had been expelled from school following a scandal, and becomes intensely curious, not only about Drew but what shaped him: his family and culture, the ancestor who took part in the famous Littleport riots of 1816, and the bleak yet beautiful landscape of the Fens. Patrick longs to know the story of his heart.
In this intriguing and deeply absorbing novel, Jill Dawson weaves together the lives and loves of three vibrant characters to explore fundamental questions about identity, the symbolic meaning of the heart and the possibility of change.
Jill Dawson, geboren Durham/Nordengland, schreibt Romane und Gedichte. Ausgezeichnet 1998 mit dem 'London Arts Board New Writers Award'. Die Autorin lebt mit ihrer Familie in Cambridgeshire.