Claudia Dey

CLAUDIA DEY, Author of Heartbreaker



Heartbreaker will be published August 21, 2018

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Advance Praise


Heartbreaker is a dark star of a book, glittering with mordant humor and astonishing, seductive strangeness and grace. I am a giant fan of Claudia Dey’s wild brain.
– LAUREN GROFF, author of Fates and Furies


I want Van Halen to write the soundtrack and the Coen brothers to make the movie. Heartbreaker plays out as a vivid, tender, complex magic. A totally compulsive, singular and wild read. The people in this book are so alive, and the book itself feels unthinkably new.
– LESLIE FEIST, Musician


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 and Mr. Splitfoot


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


What a completely thrilling novel! In its story, people, vision, sentences and fervor—in its pure intelligence and unbridled bravery—it stands apart. With Heartbreaker, the literary landscape is forever changed.
– BARBARA GOWDY, author of The White Bone, Helpless and Little Sister


This book is beautiful, a perfect balancing act of dark and light. It broke my heart and then put it back together again.
– CLAIRE CAMERON, author of The Bear and The Last Neanderthal


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 original novel.
– RIVKA GALCHEN, author of Atmospheric Disturbances and American Innovations


Imagine a funnier, but more sinister, offspring of Peyton Place and Never Let Me Go, and you approximate the world of this stunning new novel. Claudia Dey's beautiful, off-kilter music has been missing from our literary landscape for too long––a most welcome return.
– MICHAEL REDHILL, author of Giller Prize-winning Bellevue Square


A mashup of Stranger Things and Martha Marcy May Marlene.


Photographs by Ashley Sophia Clark