"This is a celebration of the nirvana that an all-knowing Creator intended when He ordained that one heart should find its complement and the two would become as one. In the heartbeat next to my heartbeat, Victoria Alaadeen bravely opens her heart and her memories, allowing us deep into the intimacy she shared with her friend, client, lover and heart, saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen. Their twenty-four year romance lives beyond his earthbound form as a testament to the human ecstasies that give us an inkling of paradise.
Fanny bravely exposes their precious, private, passionate connection and, in so doing, offers something new to the writing landscape. These outpourings of her soul in grief and recovery, which she calls “beats,” should be required reading for all newlyweds - a how-to for the kind of love that transcends life, a reassurance that in the forfeiture of the I, a we so magnificent will emerge that it trumps anything one could ever be alone. Compelling, heart bare and insight-rich, Fanny’s writing captures the intimacy of old love that fresh love cannot fathom - doesn't know to hope for - the reason why a little sanity necessarily is lost with the loss of such a love."…Sharon Valleau