The Heart is its own Reason

Overview

The Heart Is Its Own Reason marks the dazzling debut of a new voice in Canadian fiction. With a surgeon's skill, Natalee Caple reveals the workings of the human heart and the eternal search for love. In the title story, Lana, nursing her infant son, tells her friend Karen: "Men are a kind of blade. Even though you can see how sharp and quick they are against another woman's skin it still surprises you when you embrace them and they cut, cut through you, escaping out of your opened back." But it is Lana who ...
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Overview

The Heart Is Its Own Reason marks the dazzling debut of a new voice in Canadian fiction. With a surgeon's skill, Natalee Caple reveals the workings of the human heart and the eternal search for love. In the title story, Lana, nursing her infant son, tells her friend Karen: "Men are a kind of blade. Even though you can see how sharp and quick they are against another woman's skin it still surprises you when you embrace them and they cut, cut through you, escaping out of your opened back." But it is Lana who wielded the knife, stabbing her lover Gary, and playing Miles Davis as he slowly bled to death. The police can understand a crime of passion, but not the music and not the darker terror that drove her to murder.
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Editorial Reviews

William Ferguson
Caple has an unsettling ability to combine the atrocious and the comic. . . .The universal motive in this arresting volume may be the desire to deny the passage of time.
The New York Times Book Review
William Ferguson
[Caple] has an unsettling ability to combine the atrocious and the comic. . . .The universal motive in this arresting volume may be the desire to deny the passage of time. -- The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781895837254
  • Publisher: Insomniac Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Natalee Caple was born in Montreal, Quebec. Her work has appeared widely in literary journals and magazines throughout North America, including Descant, The Malahat Review, Canadian Literature, The New Quarterly, and Matrix. Meow Press (Buffalo, New York) published a chapbook of three short stories in 1997. Her short story, "Inside Molly Newton", is undergoing adaptation for film. She is the co-publisher of Tortoiseshell & Black, Toronto, as well as the literary editor of the Queen Street Quarterly.
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Table of Contents

The Price of Acorn 13
The Trouble with Killing Someone You Know 29
Under Hunger 39
Inside Molly Newton 47
The Heart is its Own Reason 57
Two Empty Chairs 65
A Kind of Apology 77
Stealing Kay 89
To Be a Good Brother 101
Maddy and Adam 113
The Pigeon 123
Things You Tow 133
The Proud Selenographer 141
Breathing in April 149
George Loves Odette 157
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