Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner
Haley Tanner's debut novel Vaclav and Lena is a particular brand of boy put an untimely end to her son's relationship with the young girl. Vaclav and Lena tells of two Russian immigrants who meet as small children milieu, and its fervent belief in the possibility of happy endings. Vaclav and Lena is gorgeous from beginning to end. Vaclav and Lena's relationship definitely embodies the kind of passion I longed for at
Many an author has relied on the redemptive power of love as the ultimate fixer. Too often its capacity to heal is taken for granted. Tanner reserves the abracadabra for Vaclav's routines. She shows what love can do and also what it cannot. But that's not to say that Ms. Tanner isn't a romantic. She offers a case of love so mighty that you believe that it will end up rescuing a traumatized young woman. They have come from Russia during the aftermath of glasnost.
At the age of 10 Vaclav has set his heart on becoming a famous magician and performing on the boardwalk at Coney Island, with Lena as his lovely assistant.
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He already knows that he will marry Lena some day. Tanner infuses their relationship with sunlight but never sentimentalises the immigrant experience. Vaclav's father is an architect who drives a cab and drinks vodka. The warmth in his house is generated by his mother, Rasia, who quietly feeds her son's little friend. Lena feels safe only with Vaclav and his family. Her parents are in Russia and she lives with her mostly absent aunt.
One day Lena does not come to school and Vaclav spends the next seven years waiting for her. A uniquely charming first novel. She mourns the change in Oleg, once a handsome, outgoing charmer.
We learn that Ekaterina, the Aunt, who appears a monster, has a terrible story of her own, meriting not only sympathy but grief. Even poor Oleg, who trained in Russia as an architect, is unable to become licensed in the States, working instead as a taxi driver.Last Knights (2015) - You Fought Well Scene (7/10) - Movieclips
If Tanner falls down anywhere, it's in her rendition of Vaclav, who is almost too good to be true. His thinking changes little from childhood to age He is far too sensitive to rebel. Improbably tall and handsome, Vaclav is a brilliant student of physics who has never stopped thinking about the little girl who vanished nine years ago.
Vaclav and Lena
Each night before bed, he wishes Lena good night, aloud, a superstitious incantation that has hardened into ritual. I found myself protesting. What American teenager would think nightly of a long-departed childhood friend? Then again, Vaclav and Lena is a novel, not a template for the exacting specifications of book reviewers.
Lena is a fragmented if outwardly successful year-old. Adopted by a single woman, Emily, she has been carefully nurtured and schooled, moving from a life of poverty to a home filled with flowers, art and organic food.
Despite her love for Em, her academic and social successes, Lena remains troubled by her past. It's impossible to read Vaclav and Lena without thinking of Tanner herself, who lost her husband, Gavin Snow, to cancer earlier this year.
Snow was 31 years old, Tanner,