Listed as one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by Entertainment Weekly,
The Millions, Publishers Weekly, Bustle, Chicago Tribune, Book Riot,
Lit Hub, The Globe and Mail, Flare, Elle Canada, Chatelaine, CBC Books.
#1 of The Best Books of Fall 2018 at Buzzfeed. Staff Pick at The Paris Review.
Soon to be translated into Italian for Edizioni Black Coffee.
Praise for heartbreaker
It’s not the plot, the characters, or even the premise that makes this novel so extraordinary—it’s the voice, which is so utterly unusual and authentic as to seem like it’s really coming from a world of total isolation. . . . Dey strips away the trappings of modernity to show what humans truly are at base, while eschewing the usual cult narrative. The result is a whole-cloth, word-for-word triumph of imagination.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review
This is a book like no other. It's eerie, it's cult-y,
it's so very exciting, and I never wanted it to end.
BUZZFEED, #1 Best Book of Fall 2018
Disturbed, seductive and thrilling.
A fierce exploration of memory and zeitgeist. . .
Heartbreaker is a darkly comedic weirdo of a book that pulls the string
of nostalgia from one side while unraveling it from the other.
THE PARIS REVIEW, Staff Pick
Told from the perspectives of Pony, a dog, and a teenage boy,
this book shows the magic of Dey’s imagination.
What begins as a simple mystery—a daughter attempting to investigate
the sudden disappearance of her mother—turns into a much stranger and
more engrossing tale. Dey deepens this dark fantasy through the imaginatively detailed, keen observations of teen narrator Pony Darlene Fontaine, who muses about her place amid this blank landscape while anchoring the proceedings with sly pop-culture references. Dey’s rich prose drives the story with poetic acuteness.
Claudia Dey renders 1985 in perfectly crimped, shoulder-padded detail. Fifteen-year-old Pony Darlene Fontaine has lived her entire life in the ‘territory,’ an isolated town founded decades earlier by an enigmatic cult leader and run on a sinister economic resource. Come for the Shyamalanian premise. Stay for the hard-rock soundtrack.
A mashup of 'Stranger Things' and 'Martha Marcy May Marlene.'
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Haunting. Lyrical. The most original novel I’ve read in some time.
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.
This book gave me chills all the way through. It is deeply original—
in its wildness, its structure, its wisdom, and its world.
It convinced me that the deepest of human (and animal) urges
is the pull to find one’s true home—which lies in the hearts of just a few others.
I floated in the perfection of its ending. I loved this novel's shining sensitivity.
I loved its every page.
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.
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.
I was kidnapped by this novel. Original, alluring and memorable, Claudia Dey's Heartbreaker will get under your skin. An electrifying story about buried pasts, dark secrets and dangerous loves that shimmers and sparks.
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, wholly spellbinding and luminous novel.
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.
This book is beautifully written, profoundly strange, a perfect balancing act of dark and light. Part thriller, part love story, part coming-of-age novel, it broke my heart and then put it back together again.
Wildly imaginative and poetic, Claudia Dey's Heartbreaker is one of the year's most consistently surprising books.