When I was twelve, a fortune teller told me that my one true love would die young and leave me all alone. Everyone said she was a fraud, that she was just making it up. I'd really like to know why the hell a person would make up a thing like that. Wry yet vulnerable, Beatrice Jordan isn't the sort of woman who usually answers personal ads but she is unable to resist the following: 'If your intentions are pure, I am seeking a friend for the end of the world.' In doing so, she meets Jacob Grace, a charming, effervescent thirty-something writer, a free spirit who is a passionate seeker of life. He possesses his own turn of phrase and ways of thinking and feeling that dissonantly harmonise with Beatrice's off-centre vision as they roller coaster through the joys and furies of their heart-wrenching romance. Along the way they try to come to terms with the hurt brought about by their distant fathers who, in different ways, forsook them.
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(198mm x 126mm x mm)
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Following a string of unsuccessful and unfulfilling liaisons, Beatrice finds herself answering a personal ad in search of romance. Jacob turns out to be warm, funny and unlike anyone she has met before, and a strong mutual attraction develops at first sight, leading Beatrice to hope for lasting happiness. But at the back of her mind remains the shadow of a fortune-teller's prophecy foretelling that her one true love would die young, leaving her all alone. In the hands of a less gifted writer this could be a sentimental tear-jerker. Instead, DeBartolo has written a wry, funny and poignant tale of love and loss. Beatrice emerges as a memorable character whose appalling insecurities and stubbornness threaten to make the prophecy redundant. This is Tiffanie DeBartolo's first novel. She is better known as the author of three screenplays, including Dream for an Insomniac - which she also directed - starring Ione Skye and Jennifer Aniston. As a screenwriter she knows the importance of allowing her characters to reveal themselves through the story. The Shape of My Heart is also the title of a book containing writings by Sting to accompany Picasso's drawings. Could this be the inspiration for DeBartolo's title? No clues are given, but the publisher would have done better to use this source in the jacket design in place of the cliched pink heart, which does no justice to this writer's fresh and original approach to an old story. (Kirkus UK)
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