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Random Acts of Heroic Love

By Danny Scheinmann

Random Acts of Heroic Love
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2009,
    400 pages.

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A dramatic portrait of two apparently unconnected epic love stories

After reading Random Acts of Heroic Love, it's easy to understand why it was chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club pick (Britain's equivalent of an Oprah Book Club pick).  Two intense love stories are told from male viewpoints, each one inspired by events in author Danny Scheinmann's life and family history.  Leo's story (1992) is told in third person and Moritz's story (1918) is a first-person narration.  The stories are told in alternating chapters with two distinct voices, and twine together as the novel seeks answers to difficult questions about love and loss.

The contemporary love story takes place when Leo, age 25, loses Elini, the love of his young life, in a bus crash.  Although Leo was with her, he has no recollection of the event.  However, as his memory returns, he remembers that he insisted on choosing her seat, the only seat ...

Danny Scheinmann graduated in Law from both the London School of Economics and University of Strasbourgh (France). He also obtained a degree in Theatre Studies. His acting career included A Midsummer Nights Dream for the English Shakespeare Company and an 18-month tour with the David Glass Ensemble in the Hansel Gretel Machine.

His greatest passion, however, is story-telling. "I have been passionate about story-telling for 20 years. Storytelling is the foundation of all drama. Sadly, in our culture direct, oral tradition storytelling is almost dead. We hardly have the confidence to tell our children stories without referring to books."

Random Acts of Love is Scheinmann's first novel which took him six years to complete, writing ten drafts and four or five "polishes." He has just completed the first draft of the story for film.

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