Other Heartbreaks: stories

Other Heartbreaks: stories

by Patricia Henley

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"Throughout her powerful story collection, Other Heartbreaks, Patricia Henley lays bare the souls of women coping with the ache of losing love."—O, The Oprah Magazine

This collection of elegant, moving stories explores the bonds and betrayals among women. Patricia Henley's characters make their way through grief and discovery, revealing the power of their hearts and of the landscapes where they reside.

Patricia Henley's first novel Hummingbird House was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her second novel In the River Sweet was named a Best Book of the Year by the Chicago Tribune and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983547754
Publisher: Engine Books
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 178
File size: 249 KB

About the Author

Patricia Henley’s first novel, Hummingbird House, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1999 and the New Yorker Fiction Prize in 2000. Her second novel, In the River Sweet, was published by Pantheon in 2002 and released in paperback in 2004. Her publications also include three collections of stories, Friday Night at Silver Star, The Secret of Cartwheels, and Worship of the Common Heart. She has taught in the MFA program at Purdue since 1987.

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Other Heartbreaks 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
wightknyte More than 1 year ago
I love how these stories are driven so much by the immense pasts the characters carry while trying to struggle through their present. It makes for some wonderfully tightly-woven fiction. Very clean and moving, sharp and cold at the same time that it is compassionate and sympathetic. Really, there are too many layers to these characters to be explained and summarized in a review. Better to read the stories and see for yourself.
TonyH46 More than 1 year ago
This collection of stories drew me in, completely. Patricia Henley's people, with their flaws and confusions and missteps, their compromises and their courage, are real and familiar, with a depth and simple truth in each of them that makes them more than "characters". None are glamorous or glib or rich; they inhabit the imperfect world where the rest of us live, with its messy family, financial and personal problems, and they struggle to survive, as we do. The magic here is that each of them comes alive, individually, in a way that draws us into their stories and makes it difficult, even painful, to leave them. They are revealed to the reader without a wasted word by a writer who has both the skill and the courage to bring them vividly to life, not in an ideal world, but in the world as it really is.
happy-readerFL More than 1 year ago
Other Heartbreaks is just plain fantastic. I did not want the book to end so I savored every sentence. The sentences are delicious, but the amazing women characters--all unique and all vulnerable, funny, honest, brave--are what hooked me. Each story is novelistic in its richness, and creates an entire world in a vivid setting--from the rural Midwest to the dreamy spires of Oxford, England, from Ashland Oregon to the grit of urban Chicago. I highly recommend this delightful book..Patricia Henley has done it again!
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