A Novel

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"Set in an isolated town founded decades ago by a charismatic cult leader, Heartbreaker is the story of a mysterious woman who abruptly disappears, and those who try to find her. At the intersection of The Handmaid's Tale and Twin Peaks, this is the wildly imaginative American debut of a prize-winning Canadian author. Why can't a woman be more than one person in a lifetime? It's been months since Billie Jean Fontaine left her bedroom, trapped alone by grief. But one night, out of the blue, she emerges and announces that she's going into town--but she never returns. In their remote northern town, which has been cut off from the world for decades, her husband and daughter undertake a frantic search for the beloved and beautiful Billie Jean. She is the only outsider ever to arrive in this strange town, sixteen years earlier. And now the residents wonder: has Billie Jean become the first person to leave, too? Told from three unforgettable perspectives--her daughter, her dog, and her mysterious friend--Heartbreaker is the electrifying portrait of a woman who has risked everything for freedom and love, and the secrets she leaves in her wake"--
Publisher: Toronto :, Harper Avenue, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781554685509
Characteristics: 260 pages ;,23 cm.
Alternative Title: Heart-breaker
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ReadingAdviser_Kerry Aug 07, 2019

Dey's writing style and subject matter is definitely not for everyone, but if you enjoy disturbing stories about apocalyptic cults, you should check this out.

Jan 17, 2019

This book made me wonder about the quality of books publishers turn down. If this made it through, it must be atrocious. Albeit Dey has some interesting ways of describing/looking at some situations this book baffled me. "Prevalent" does not adequately describe the amount of sex and adultery that is described in this book. The girls are given jewellery and the boys a nickname to denote their loss of virginity. If Dey is trying to make a point about anything by way of a fringe society or controversial settings I believe she ought to try again. Although I won't read it!

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