"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers

By Carson McCullers

Reviewed by Nat

ISBN 9780618526413

This incredibly moving novel is set in a mill town in the deep South during the Great Depression. Its plot follows a deaf-mute man named John Singer and is driven by the complicated connections he forms with various people in the exquisitely realized town. The unforgettable cast of misfits includes a failed socialist organizer, a young girl with a passion for music, a widowed cafe owner, and a black doctor. As the characters share their innermost desires and desperate loneliness with the sympathetic Singer, the book thoughtfully explores issues of race, class, and religion. A powerful Southern Gothic that I would recommend to any fans of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor.

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