The Heart Does Not Grow Back

The Heart Does Not Grow Back

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EVERY SUPERHERO NEEDS TO START SOMEWHERE...

Dale Sampson is used to being a nonperson at his small-town Midwestern high school, picking up the scraps of his charismatic lothario of a best friend, Mack. He comforts himself with the certainty that his stellar academic record and brains will bring him the adulation that has evaded him in high school. But when an unthinkable catastrophe tears away the one girl he ever had a chance with, his life takes a bizarre turn as he discovers an inexplicable power: He can regenerate his organs and limbs.

When a chance encounter brings him face to face with a girl from his past, he decides that he must use his gift to save her from a violent husband and dismal future. His quest takes him to the glitz and greed of Hollywood, and into the crosshairs of shadowy forces bent on using and abusing his gift. Can Dale use his power to redeem himself and those he loves, or will the one thing that finally makes him special be his demise? The Heart Does Not Grow Back is a darkly comic, starkly original take on the superhero tale, introducing an exceptional new literary voice in Fred Venturini.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 126 x 220 x 22mm | 272g
  • New York
  • English
  • 1250052211
  • 9781250052216
  • 1,289,344

Review quote

"Venturini has a voice that's something like noir poetry, alternately hard-boiled and beautiful, and the story he tells with it is intriguing, intense, and--dare I say it--visceral. Keep your eye on this guy. He's going to cause trouble."--Isaac Marion, author of "Warm Bodies""A smart, funny, and dark coming-of-age story that successfully balances the weird and the heartfelt."--Shane Jones, author of "Light Boxes" and "Crystal Eaters""Fred Venturini is an awesomely talented writer, and he proves it on every page....This novel about a shy, emotionally damaged loser with a bizarre but coveted ability to regenerate his vital parts is one of the most engaging and ultimately satisfying that I've had the pleasure to read in a long time."--Donald Ray Pollock, author of "Knockemstiff" and "The Devil All the Time"
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About Fred Venturini

Fred Venturini was born in Patoka, Illinois. His short fiction has been published in the Booked Anthology, Noir at the Bar 2, and Surreal South '13. His story "Gasoline" is featured in Chuck Palahniuk's Burnt Tongues collection. He lives in Southern Illinois with his wife and daughter.
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Rating details

578 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 24% (137)
4 37% (212)
3 27% (154)
2 9% (53)
1 4% (22)
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