A Novel

Book - 2011
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Few authors have understood the tender intricacies of relationships better than the incomparable Belva Plain. For three decades her deeply moving epics have captivated the hearts and imaginations of readers everywhere. Now, in her final novel, she comes full circle with the themes she took up in her very first work, Evergreen , bringing us this unforgettable story of family and friendship, love and marriage, the challenges of life and the true secret of happiness.

Though Iris Stern considers herself a modern woman, with a successful academic career and a happy marriage, she still holds steadfast to her old-fashioned sensibilities. But as the mother of three adult children, each with their own lives and burdens to bear, she often finds those sensibilities called into question when confronted with the choices her children have made.

For one of Iris's daughters, it's the choice of a fresh start in New York City--and a last chance to save her troubled marriage. While Laura and Robbie cope with an impending separation and its effect on Iris's young granddaughter, Iris herself must come to grips with the discovery of a long-held family secret. But it's an emotional parting of another kind that looms most prominently on Iris's horizon--as neither her beloved husband, nor the solidity of her own marriage, is immune to the ravages of time.

Through separations and reunions, the changes we cannot avoid and the love that sustains, Iris will weather whatever lies ahead with a faith that cannot be shaken. Like the inmost rings of a tree that abide through the generations, she will be as strong as heartwood.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780385344128
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 25 cm.


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Jul 27, 2019

Number 5 in series after Tapestry 3 and Harvest 4.

Mar 12, 2017

My Grandma and I read Belva Plain's books - back in the '80's. I ran across this book on the shelf & decided to read. I remember now why we liked this author so much. Good stories about families and all the dynamics & emotions of life. This book, Heartland, is about a family with four siblings and the Mother & Grandmother and how all is inter-related. As a Mom, I identified with so many of the feelings, situations & "words of wisdom".

Feb 22, 2016

A very interesting story about a family secret, a mysterious portrait and infidelity.

debwalker Feb 01, 2011

Heartwood: A Novel by Belva Plain explores the inevitable endings of romantic relationships through the experiences of a mother and daughter.


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