Like all the best heartbreaks, Maryse Meijer's audacious collection of short stories will leave you devastated, a little forlorn, and against all your friends wishes, wanting more. After finishing each story, I had what alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity in understanding how the sweaty, bruised participants of David Fincher's Fight Club felt after each bout; invigorated, bloodied and sated. Then itching for more.— From Javier's Picks
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.