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In an explosion of love's metaphors, Fowler's debut collection of stories, SUSPENDED HEART, takes on American fabulism with a cast of unexpected heroines in the narratives of life and loss-women whose hearts fall out at public malls, women whose bodies bloom with changing seasons, women who sprout blades or have multiple eyes, sleep as snakes, or birth saints like lapis la ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 17th 2010 by Aqueous Books (first published December 2010)
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Kathy
Jan 12, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Magical realism at its finest. Great work by Heather Fowler. Recommended.
Jason Pettus
Jun 02, 2011 Jason Pettus rated it liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

(Originally written for Daniel Casey's Gently Read Literature.)

Ah, the MFA story collection; has a more beguiling trickster ever existed in the literary world? Originally a cutting-edge means of education at a time when "creative writing" was largely seen as an unworthy subject for university study, over t
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Bonnie ZoBell
Apr 30, 2012 Bonnie ZoBell rated it it was amazing
(Originally published in Gently Read Literature)

Heather Fowler: Suspended Heart

Heather Fowler is Kafka in drag, an American Marquez. If you are looking for a safe little book, one that lines up neatly with other short story collections being published today, then Heather Fowler's SUSPENDED HEART is not the collection for you. It is a book about the fervor of love, yes, but also about the devastation and danger surrounding such a seemingly pleasurable emotion. What really wins the reader over, t
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Brittany
Jan 07, 2011 Brittany rated it liked it
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This was a creative and thrilling book. There was just so much creativity and amazing ideas I loved this book. I won this from goodreads and finally finished it and I'm happy I entered the contest for this book I don't regret it. I just loved the idea of women being the heros for once. That's all I had to see and I entered the giveaway. So happy I own this book I'll probably read it again when my book list narrows down if that ever even happens my booklist is practically endless.
Joe
Dec 14, 2010 Joe rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of some of the best thought provoking and poignant short stories I've every read. I had to take a break after each story just to say Wow.

Heather Fowler has a rare gift for exposing the truth in a way most can understand.

-Joe-
Laura Alonso
Dec 19, 2010 Laura Alonso rated it it was amazing
A-MAZ-ING. This is a brilliant collection of magical realism stories that will have you laughing out loud while the characters sneak up behind you and gently break your heart. Heather Fowler has created some uniquely memorable characters (talking birds, avant-garde robots, disintegrating boys) -- all in search of love in one way or another -- in whom we can identify and explore our own longings, failures, and redemptions. The prose is impressive for it's poetic lyricism alone, but it is also so ...more
Sequoia
Jan 11, 2011 Sequoia rated it liked it
My Goodreads Giveaway has arrived, loads earlier than I thought.
Thank you so much, can't wait to get started!

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Finally finished the book and I liekd it. The book is made up of different stories and the stories weren't bad, some I had a small trouble getting through. I'm happy I won it instead of buying it on Amazon. Don't get me wrong, it's a good book but maybe it's just not my kind of book/what I thought it'd be.
Siolo
Apr 27, 2013 Siolo rated it it was amazing
Suspended Heart is a wonderful collection of stories from the lovely and lightly twisted mind of Heather Fowler. The themes she address are universal; love, heartbreak, loneliness, the inexorable search for meaning... but oh the ingenuity Fowler uses to bring these concepts new life! Lushly metaphorical and sometimes shockingly honest, these stories sing. Two parts magical realism, one part fairy tale, and a dash of brutality... this collection is a jewel box. Read it.
Heath Nevergold
Feb 14, 2013 Heath Nevergold rated it really liked it
Heather Fowler has a literary visual sense that stretches somewhere in between the simplicity of Yukio Mishima and the surreal vibrancy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, at times combined with dilemmatic storylines akin to Jorge Luis Borges. Indeed though visual and thought provoking, reader beware the questions in your mind … the subtext may have taken you asunder.
Far
Jan 15, 2011 Far rated it liked it
I won this book in Goodreads giveaway contest. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The varying short stories were entertaining and interesting. I definitely enjoyed the very different worlds created and the seemingly unifying theme of love. I would recommend this book to a friend.
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Heather Fowler is a poet, a fiction writer, a playwright, and a novelist. She is the author of the novel Beautiful Ape Girl Baby (2016) and the story collections Suspended Heart (2010), People with Holes (2012), This Time, While We're Awake (2013), and Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental Illness (2014). Fowler’s People with Holes was named a 2012 finalist for Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award ...more
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