by Claudia Dey
“Behold the virtuosity of Heartbreaker! Claudia Dey has a perfect ear and the sharpest eye. Her portrait of Pony Darlene Fontaine, and the strange world she inhabits, is devastating, unsparing and unforgettable.”
– Miriam Toews, author of All My Puny Sorrows and A Complicated Kindness
“Devoted, as I am, to the oddities of northern, remote lands, I could not put this book down. In turns, hilarious and harrowing, Heartbreaker’s icy exactitude is direct, disturbed and entirely splendid.”
– Samantha Hunt, author of The Dark Dark, Mr. Splitfoot, and The Invention of Everything Else
“Beautiful… A perfect balancing act of dark and light.”
– Claire Cameron, author of The Bear and The Last Neanderthal
“What a completely thrilling novel! In its story, people, vision, sentences
and fervor—in its pure intelligence and unbridled bravery—it stands
apart. Get ready Canlit. You are forever changed.”
– Barbara Gowdy, author of The White Bone, Helpless and Little Sister
“Heartbreaker makes high and hilarious art from the emotional pop-rocks and glittery junk of a certain way of being young. And vulnerable. Also it has one of the most awesome dogs in literature. A thrillingly fun and original novel.”
– Rivka Galchen, author of American Innovations and Atmospheric Disturbances
A poignant new novel that combines humour and heartache, from the brilliant mind of Governor General’s Award finalist Claudia Dey.
Fifteen 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.
HarperCollins Canada, April 2018