Heartbreaker

Claudia Dey

ISBN
9780008295073
Pub date
23/08/2018
Binding
Price
£14.99

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Book Overview


A missing mother. An isolated community. Three storytellers you will never forget.

For fans of The Water Cure and The Girls

‘A dark star of a book’ LAUREN GROFF

‘I loved its every page’ SHEILA HETI

In subzero temperatures, mother Billie Jean Fontaine walks out of her bungalow barefoot, takes her husband’s truck and drives off into the wilderness alone.
She never returns.

But no one ever leaves The Territory, a community cut off from the rest of the world, a place warped by its own strange ways where the people believe the year is 1985. Here they live by their own rules – until this woman breaks them.

Through the eyes of her unforgettable daughter, Pony Darlene, Billie Jean’s violently loyal dog and a watchful teenage boy, Heartbreaker shines an electrifying light on a woman who has risked everything for freedom and love, and left dark secrets in her wake.

‘Behold the virtuosity of Heartbreaker! Claudia Dey has a perfect ear and the sharpest eye. Her portrait of Pony Darlene Fontaine, and the strange world she inhabits, is devastating, unsparing and unforgettable’ MIRIAM TOEWS, author of All My Puny Sorrows

‘Beautiful… A perfect balancing act of dark and light’
CLAIRE CAMERON author of The Bear

‘Heartbreaker makes high and hilarious art from the emotional pop-rocks and glittery junk of a certain way of being young. And vulnerable. Also, it has one of the most awesome dogs in literature. A thrillingly fun and original novel’ RIVKA GALCHEN author of American Innovations

About the author


CLAUDIA DEY is the author of the novel Stunt, a Globe & Mail and Quill & Quire Book of the Year. Her plays have been produced internationally and nominated for the Governor General’s and Trillium Book Awards. Dey’s writing has appeared in many publications including The Believer and The Paris Review. Dey has also worked as a horror film actress and cook in lumber camps across northern Canada, and is co-designer of Horses Atelier. She lives in Toronto. Heartbreaker is her UK debut.

Reviews


‘I read My Absolute Darling and discovered a transcendent teenage narrator in the form of Turtle Alveston. Pony Darlene Fontaine is a match for Turtle – an ordinary teenage girl in a wholly extraordinary world. Her voice will echo in your head for months – even years – to come’ SAM BAKER, The Pool

‘A curious, memorable novel in vital prose that catapults the reader into a strange and compelling land’ Irish Times

‘Behold the virtuosity of Heartbreaker! Claudia Dey has a perfect ear and the sharpest eye … devastating, unsparing and unforgettable’ MIRIAM TOEWS, author of All My Puny Sorrows

‘A whole-cloth, word-for-word triumph of imagination’ Publishers Weekly

‘This book gave me chills all the way through. It is deeply original – in its wildness, its structure, its wisdom, and its world. It convinced me that the deepest of human (and animal) urges is the pull to find one’s true home – which lies in the hearts of just a few others. I floated in the perfection of its ending. I loved this novel’s shining sensitivity. I loved its every page’ SHEILA HETI, author of Motherhood and How Should a Person Be?

‘Beautiful… A perfect balancing act of dark and light’
CLAIRE CAMERON author of The Bear

‘Heartbreaker is a dark star of a book, glittering with mordant humour and astonishing, seductive strangeness and grace.
I am a giant fan of Claudia Dey’s wild brain’ LAUREN GROFF

‘A thrillingly fun and original novel’ RIVKA GALCHEN author of Little Labours

‘A totally compulsive, singular and wild read’ FEIST

‘At once hypnotic and dazzling, Stunt is, quite simply, a feat’ Globe and Mail

‘It’s as if poet Anne Carson and satirist Mordecai Richler accidentally collided at a drunken PEN fundraiser to produce a mischievous, magical and observant girl-child’ Toronto Star