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Heartbreaker: Stories (Paperback)

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    Maryse Meijer's words have teeth. Her stories are brief and potent, capturing moments of heartbreak and creation. Using the tools of the fairy tale, Heartbreaker tackles subjects of loss, sex, and the tensions that occur on the cusp of transition into adulthood. There are terrifying consequences, surprising turns, and, yes, heartbreak, in the these few pages. A perfect read for those who travel or only have bite-sized moments in their day to read; there is a lot packed into 208 pages. (Hannah)

    — From Hannah


    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