The Crying Heart Tattoo by David Lozell Martin
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An international cult classic and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, The Crying Heart Tattoo follows the unlikely romance between a young man and a woman more than twice his age. Beginning their relationship when Sonny is just fourteen and Felicity thirty-four, the couple share a poignant history together that ends only upon Felicity's passing -- despite four marriages, numerous obstacles, and enough misadventures to challenge the most loyal of lovers.

At once heartbreaking and euphoric, their story mirrors the tale that Felicity has passed down to Sonny, a story uncanny in its similarity to their own: when a prehistoric outcast locates her former tribe, she falls in love with a young boy.

A masterful novel first published a quarter of a century ago, The Crying Heart Tattoo keeps the impossible within reach, proving once and for all that the struggle for true love is worth everything.


About David Lozell Martin

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Martin grew up on a farm, worked in steel mills, served in the military, wrote for magazines, and for the past 15 years has been a full time novelist.
Published February 1, 1982 by Holt Rinehart & Winston. 330 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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and she's always waiting--now fat, now thin, then old, but always in her boozy, sexy way patiently using the Graveda tale to instruct the boorish Sonny ""how evil launches us and faith comforts us along the way, and how that combination will take us to the edge of existence, where we will meet Go...

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A poignant, funny tale about the love between a young man and a woman twice his age.

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