Our Missing Hearts

By Celeste Ng

This is the story of the love Margaret, a Chinese American poet, has for her twelve year old son, Bird, that is in conflict with her resolve to right the wrongs of a society that has rendered a whole people invisible. Bird’s father is a former linguist professor who now shelves books in a university library. Bird has been taught to keep his head down and not ask questions about why his mother left them when he was nine years old. This is a beautifully written examination of what happens when a society ignores injustices in the name of a greater, undefinable “good” and the power of art to raise awareness. Another amazing novel by Celeste Ng!