Press Kit: Suspended Heart by Heather Fowler

Suspended Heart : Publication Details

Publication date: December 2010
Imprint: Watchtower
Trade Paperback
320 pages; 5.5 " x 8.5 "; $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-9826734-3-0
Publisher: Cynthia Reeser
Editor: Erin McKnight


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"The Wild Heart of Heather Fowler" at The Nervous Breakdown.
"A Primal Cry Against the Monotony of Everyday Living" at the PLUMB blog.
"The Life of the Heart: A Conversation with Heather Fowler" at Used Furniture Review.
A 2-part interview at Fix It Broken: "Writing with Laughter" and "Writing with a Heartbeat"
On The Short Review

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About the Author
Heather Fowler
Heather Fowler received her M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University. She has taught composition, literature, and writing-related courses at UCSD, California State University at Stanislaus, and Modesto Junior College. Her fabulist fiction has been published online and in print in the US, England, Australia, and India, as well as recently nominated for both the storySouth Million Writers Award and Sundress Publications Best of the Net. She was Guest Editor for Zoetrope All-Story Extra in March and April of 2000. Fowler's story, "Slut," won third prize at the 2000 California Writer's Conference in Monterey. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, was recently featured at The Nervous Breakdown, poeticdiversity, and The Medulla Review, and has been selected for a joint first place in the 2007 Faringdon Online Poetry Competition. Please visit her website at .

Book Description

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 lazuli babies. Where there is struggle and sadness, there is also humor: Fowler’s fictive voice has been compared to both Franz Kafka and Donald Barthelme. There’s a fearlessness to this prose, a melody of life and magic and loss. Selected stories in this volume have been published online and in Australia. Partial author’s proceeds to be donated to the San Diego Family Justice Center.

Blurbs | Advance Praise

Heather Fowler is a brave writer. She does not blink, she does not falter. There is an integrity in her stories which demonstrates a writer who is committed, confident and sharp, witty and cutting. She cuts deep. She is also very funny, the way Kafka was funny, the way Donald Barthelme was funny. Read her for her pithiness. Read her for how entertaining she is. Let the depth of the stories creep up on you.
 ―Corey Mesler, author of Talk: a Novel in Dialogue.

Fowler's descriptions are exquisite, and her stories absorbing. Her fabulist elements intertwine with reality to create allegorical narratives that expose deeper truths about men and women, about humanity's common fixations. Her heroines are strong, but searching and consistently surprising. Fowler's stories are like spells: Through words alone, beautiful imagery, tremendous substance, and poignant feeling, become palpably real.
―Savannah Schroll Guz, author of American Soma



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