Heartbreaker by Claudia DeyHeartbreaker by Claudia Dey


byClaudia Dey

Paperback | August 21, 2018

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A poignant new novel that combines humour and heartache, from the brilliant mind of Governor General’s Award finalist Claudia Dey

Seventeen years after falling from a stolen car into a remote northern town, Billie Jean Fontaine is still an outsider. She may follow the stifling rules of this odd place, but no one will forget that she came from elsewhere. When Billie Jean vanishes one cold October night in her bare feet and track suit with only her truck keys, those closest to her begin a frantic search. Her daughter, Pony, a girl struggling against being a teen in the middle of nowhere; her killer dog to whom she cannot tell a lie; her husband, The Heavy, a man haunted by his past; and the charismatic Supernatural, a teenage boy longing only to be average. Each holding a different piece of the puzzle, they must come together to understand the darkest secrets of their beloved, and lay bare the mysteries of the human heart.

With her luminous prose, wry humour and dead-on cultural observations, Claudia Dey has created a storytelling tour de force about what it means to love, no matter the consequences.

Title:HeartbreakerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 21, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554685508

ISBN - 13:9781554685509

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A very odd story where the most reliable narrator is the dog A story told in three parts by three different characters, Pony, the dog and Supernatural, this one is definitely in the realm of weird fiction. From the bizarre cult suspended in the 80’s to the hyper-intelligent dog this story in an exercise in mind-bending and suspension of disbelief. It is not a linear, straightforward story as much as a collection of thoughts and feelings. Can someone can please tell me how to rig up my antennae so I only receive broadcasts from 1985? I would be immensely appreciative. If I could just skip the next few years and retreat into The Golden Girls and Wham! that would be ideal. Pony’s section was the most confusing and frustrating. The story didn’t make much sense to me and I really wanted more in depth and concrete information about the cult and their town. I guess as someone who was born and raised in the cult she likely didn’t know anything different and as such likely didn’t put too much thought into things that she found commonplace. The story doesn’t coalesce into an understandable story-line until the dog takes over as narrator. Yes, you read that correctly. The dog is remarkably coherent and forthcoming about the town and its people and it is in her section that I felt things started to make sense. The last section is from the viewpoint of Supernatural and his knowledge fills in the gaps to make things more comprehensible. I have to admit that while I was reading this book I didn’t enjoy it very much at all but as I let it percolate in my head for a few days I actually like it a lot more. It has grown on me! I still wouldn’t say that I loved it but I have respect for the inventiveness of the author. Thank you to Random House for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
Date published: 2018-08-15

Editorial Reviews

“I want Van Halen to write the soundtrack and the Coen brothers to make the movie. It plays out as a vivid, tender, complex magic. A totally compulsive, singular and wild read. The people in this book are so alive, and the book itself feels unthinkably new.”