Join HarperCollins Canada and the Toronto International Festival of Authors in celebrating the release of Claudia Dey‘s new novel, Heartbreaker.
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.
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Claudia Dey is a novelist, playwright and columnist. Her plays have been produced internationally and include Beaver, Trout Stanley and The Gwendolyn Poems, which was nominated for the Governor General's Award and the Trillium Award. Her debut novel, Stunt, was chosen by The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire as a Best Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Dey’s writing has appeared in a number of fine publications including The Believer and newyorker.com, and has been anthologized in Confidence or the Appearance of Confidence: The Best of The Believer Music Interviews. Dey has also worked as a horror film actress, costume designer, and cook in lumber camps across northern Canada, and is co-founder and co-creator of the design label Horses Atelier. Heartbreaker is her second novel.