Suspended Heartby Heather Fowler, Cynthia Reeser (Editor), Erin McKnight (Editor)
In an explosion of love's metaphors, Fowler's debut collection of stories, SUSPENDED HEART, takes on American fabulism with a cast of unexpected heroines in the narratives of life and loss-women whose hearts fall out at public malls, women whose bodies bloom with changing seasons, women who sprout blades or have multiple eyes, sleep as snakes, or birth saints like lapis lazuli babies. Where there is struggle and sadness, there is also humor: Fowler's fictive voice has been compared to both Franz Kafka and Donald Barthelme. There's a fearlessness to this prose, a melody of life and magic and loss. Selected stories in this volume have been published online and in Australia. Partial author's proceeds to be donated to the San Diego Family Justice Center.
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This was my foray into magical realism and Heather Fowler did not disappoint. I loved it! Much like Shirley Jackson's short fiction the stories stayed with you, ordinary situations gone strangely awry. I heartily recommend it for anyone who loves short stories!
This is a brilliant collection of magical realism stories that will have you laughing out loud while the characters sneak up behind you and gently break your heart. Heather Fowler has created some uniquely memorable characters (talking birds, avant-garde robots, disintegrating boys) -- all in search of love in one way or another -- in whom we can identify and explore our own longings, failures, and redemptions. The prose is impressive for it's poetic lyricism alone, but it is also so evocative that you can taste what the characters taste, smell what they smell -- the language is tactile and cinematic but also thought-provoking and allegorical in the tradition of classic literary fiction. Add to all of this a twist of magic reminiscent of your favorite fables and fairy tales and you have a page-turner that will keep you guessing and wanting more. Don't miss this beautiful debut collection from a unique and talented literary voice!