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Heartbreaker

Heartbreaker is a novel by Claudia Dey.

Claudia Dey

Seventeen 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.

Heartbreaker is a finalist for the 2019 Trillium Book Award.

From the book

This is what I know: she left last night. My mother, Billie Jean Fontaine, stood in our front hallway with a stale cigarette in one hand and her truck keys in the other. The light in our hallway was broken or dying so it flickered above her head, throwing shadows across her face. I don't know how long she was standing there watching me.


From Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey. ©2018. Published by HarperCollins Canada.

Interviews with Claudia Dey

Amy Millan from Stars on why she loves Claudia Dey's Heartbreaker. 2:01
Claudia talks to Shealgh Rogers about her latest novel Heartbreaker. 16:25

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