Heartbreaker: Stories (Paperback)

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Each story here feels like it is dressed in a color that doesn't exist in nature. They feel familiar, somehow, but with an effect of feeling slightly left of center, rattling your expectations.

As the stories progress, they feel increasingly tighter with a strengthening emotional punch that will leave the reader breathless.

— From Wesley


In her debut story collection Heartbreaker, Maryse Meijer peels back the crust of normalcy and convention, unmasking the fury and violence we are willing to inflict in the name of love and loneliness. Her characters are a strange ensemble--a feral child, a girl raised from the dead, a possible pedophile--who share in vulnerability and heartache, but maintain an unremitting will to survive. Meijer deals in desire and sex, femininity and masculinity, family and girlhood, crafting a landscape of appetites threatening to self-destruct. In beautifully restrained and exacting prose, she sets the marginalized free to roam her pages and burn our assumptions to the ground.

About the Author

Maryse Meijer's work has appeared in Meridian, The Saint Ann's Review, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Portland Review, and actual paper. She lives in Chicago.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374536060
ISBN-10: 0374536066
Publisher: Fsg Originals
Publication Date: July 12th, 2016
Pages: 208
Language: English