"Maryse Meijer is a master of the dark arts, transforming moments of everyday dysphoria into evocative sculptures of loss, aching and oozing with life. In her hands, existence becomes a thing to be felt anew: visceral, fleshly, and almost unbearably human. These stories will shake you."
—Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
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. In her debut story collection Heartbreaker, 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.
JAVIER RAMIREZ has been The Book Table’s store manager since 2014 and is the founder and organizer of the Authors on Tap series. A long-time fixture of the Chicago book industry, you can name almost any indie bookstore in the Chicago area and he has probably worked there. He is also the co-host of Publishing Cocktails, a semiannual gathering of book industry professionals and authors, for which he was named one of NewCity’s Lit 50 in 2015. Ramirez was a judge for the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction.