Garcia's Heart: A Novel

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Macmillan, Feb 3, 2009 - Fiction - 304 pages
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In Liam Durcan's searing debut novel Garcia's Heart, neurologist Patrick Lazerenko travels to The Hague to witness the war crimes trial of his mentor, Hernan García, a Honduran doctor accused of involvement in torture. Discovered in Montreal years later, García has been extradited to the famous criminal court, supported only by his family and an advocacy group whose motives seem questionable at best.

At the trial, Patrick encounters the ambitious journalist who has built her career on the case. She is convinced that Patrick knows more than he is admitting and won't stop until she finds out what it is. The defense attorney has his own ideas for Patrick as well, hoping to persuade him to use his latest neurological research to vindicate García. The only one who has asked nothing of Patrick is García himself. After entering a plea of not guilty, García has refused to say a word to anyone.

As García's supposed crimes are revealed, Patrick wrestles with what truth there may be behind the accusations, haunted as he is by his own youthful memories of the man and his family. He must also contend with seeing García's daughter, Celia, his former lover. Their relationship ended years before, but he is consumed by his memories of his love for her.

But it isn't until García's shocking intentions come to light that Patrick begins to realize that however sophisticated his knowledge of the brain may be, it will take more for him to understand the human heart.

 

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The Perception of Ethics

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GARCIA'S HEART by Liam Durcan wrestles with serious and ultimately unanswerable ethical questions. Instead of a Socratic dialogue, he offers a layering of events. The first event is a groundwork of ... Read full review

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Garcia's Heart (Liam Durcan)--beautifully written book about a man's (Patrick), struggle with trying to understand how the most influential man in his formative years--a Honduran immigrant who was a ... Read full review

Contents

ONE
1
TWO
22
THREE
46
FOUR
59
FIVE
71
SIX
83
SEVEN
92
EIGHT
112
THIRTEEN
188
FOURTEEN
204
FIFTEEN
209
SIXTEEN
222
SEVENTEEN
242
EIGHTEEN
266
NINETEEN
270
TWENTY
279

NINE
117
TEN
131
ELEVEN
147
TWELVE
169
TWENTYONE
283
TWENTYTWO
291
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Liam Durcan's first book, the story collection A Short Journey by Car, was chosen by Canada's Globe & Mail as one of the Top 100 Books of 2004. His fiction has been published in The Fiddlehead, Zoetrope, The Antigonish Review, and Maisoneuve. García's Heart is his first novel. Durcan is a neurologist at the Montreal Neurological Hospital and an assistant professor at McGill University. He lives in Montreal with his family.

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