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Reels and Reads: Corazón and The Heart

Creative Alliance/The Ivy Bookshop

Looking for great new books to read?  Do you love film?  Creative Alliance and The Ivy Bookshop are teaming up to launch a new series that pairs a book and movie that explore similar topics.  Read the book, then join us for a screening of the related film at Creative Alliance.  After the screening, we'll have a discussion of the book and film pairing, led by members of our community who are experts on the shared topic.  Haven't read the book yet? No problem!  The Ivy Bookshop will be selling copies on site!


Corazón depicts the story of Elena Ramirez, a young Dominican woman living in Santo Domingo who is selling her body to provide for her family – only Elena’s body is failing her. Elena has a bad heart and has been given months to live unless she gets a new heart. After fainting, Elena meets a U.S.-based cardiologist, Dr. Mario Garcia, who is volunteering in his native hometown of Santo Domingo. Elena is past the point of help from conventional medicine, but Dr. Garcia gives her a fighting chance to live via a mechanical heart surgery that he and his colleagues can only perform at Montefiore in the Bronx. Elena sets out on a journey from Santo Domingo to New York City, facing challenges along the way, but always motivated by her conviction to live. This is a story of chance, hope, courage, friendship, love and generosity.


Just before dawn on a Sunday morning, three teenage boys go surfing. While driving home exhausted, the boys are involved in a fatal car accident on a deserted road. Two of the boys are wearing seat belts; one goes through the windshield. The doctors declare him brain-dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, but his heart is still beating.

The Heart takes place over the twenty-four hours surrounding the resulting heart transplant, as life is taken from a young man and given to a woman close to death. In gorgeous, ruminative prose, it examines the deepest feelings of everyone involved as they navigate decisions of life and death.

As stylistically audacious as it is emotionally explosive, The Heart mesmerized readers in France, where it was hailed as the breakthrough work of a new literary star. With the precision of a surgeon and the language of a poet, Maylis de Kerangal has made a major contribution to both medicine and literature with an epic tale of grief, hope, and survival.






Event Details

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 7:30pm


Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21224

by Dr. Radut