Claudia Dey

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Claudia Dey is the author of HEARTBREAKER (Random House, HarperCollins, Borough Press), listed as one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by Entertainment Weekly, The Millions, Publishers Weekly, and Buzzfeed––also, a Staff Pick at The Paris Review.

Dey's first novel, STUNT, was a finalist for the Amazon First Novel Award, and a Globe & Mail and Quill & Quire Book of the Year. Her plays have been produced internationally and nominated for the Governor General’s and Trillium Book Awards. Dey’s writing and interviews have appeared in many publications including The Believer, Lit Hub, and The Paris Review where Dey's essay, "Mothers as Makers of Death" went viral. Dey has also worked as a horror film actress and cook in lumber camps
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Claudia Dey Thank you so much for your thoughtful question.

My descriptions of The Territory relate most closely to the eight summers I spent working in logging…more
Thank you so much for your thoughtful question.

My descriptions of The Territory relate most closely to the eight summers I spent working in logging camps across northern Canada. The wish for heat, ease, comfort. The dread and longing for elsewhere. The loves. And the details: duct tape, bonfires, nicknames, trailers, loyal dogs––the mud at the cuffs of your jeans, the ice pelting your skin.

I work from the circuitry of my intuition, and the image of the place came to me as sharply and clearly as a film––the identical bungalows and matte black trucks, the unpaved roads, the local businesses––and all of the rules and conventions around birth, death, marriage.

In terms of research, I collected images from places I had never been to but could feel in my bones: Siberia, Iceland, Finland, remote Japanese islands. I held the George Saunders' expression "hostile dreamscape" close. I read about cults and cult leaders, and watched documentaries about intentional communities, but always returned to that experience of working hard in the middle of nowhere. It, more than anything, set something off inside of me––and that is the place where every story must start.

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Claudia Dey I walk a lot. And I read a lot. I am always taking notes. Looking toward the next thing or ways to unlock the current one. It tends to come from an…moreI walk a lot. And I read a lot. I am always taking notes. Looking toward the next thing or ways to unlock the current one. It tends to come from an unlikely source: a weird television program, a movie, a play, a book that is the opposite of whatever I am working on. Sometimes, a conversation with a friend, or my young sons, can be like a meteor landing and lighting everything up. When I walk, I walk fast and for miles with a notebook and a felt tip pen in my pocket so I can transcribe my thinking. Motion, air, and being in the world tend to solve whatever I am up against. Then, it is about time. Drafting. Deepening the book. Being cold toward what you have made. Cutting when you can and making the novel a faster, truer and more profound version of itself. (less)
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EARLY REVIEWS | THE MILLIONS, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, BUZZFEED, THE IRISH TIMES, PARIS REVIEW, I-D VICE

HEARTBREAKER has received some beautiful early press. The Millions, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, and Publishers Weekly list HEARTBREAKER as one of The Most Anticipated Books of 2018. It is also a Staff Pick at The Paris Review.

i-D / VICE describes the novel as "disturbed, seductive and thrilling."

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"A delicious book because Claudia Dey's ability to draw you into another world is easy to feel before you notice you're being drawn in. What a gift! The way this story is crafted is another delight. "
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"Agree with other reviewers, I wasn't sure at first that I wanted to continue, but once the dog's narration began, I couldn't put it down. Strange and beautiful."
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"Beautifully told and ultimately uplifting. The author was able to capture the POVs of a daughter, a beloved dog, and a young man with equal skill. Loved it."
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"I absolutely loved this book. It is different, brilliant, and utterly compelling. I am an avid reader with broad interests and I found myself unable to put this novel down. Definitely a MUST READ!"
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“But no one warns you about the love. No one even speaks about it. The love for your baby comes with something dark. It comes with death. When you look at your child for the first time, you feel the presence of death. How death is looking at your child too. That is why you don't sleep.”
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