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Suspended Heart characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ 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 changinIn 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. Originally published in Gently Read LiteratureHeather Fowler Suspended Heart Heather Fowler is Kafka in drag an American Maruez If you are looking for a safe little book one that lines up neatly with other short story collections being published today then Heather Fowler's SUSPENDED HEART is not the collection for you It is a book about the fervor of love yes but also about the devastation and danger surrounding such a seemingly pleasurable emotion What really wins the reader over though is the way she tells the story The plots in these tales are magical as in magical realism Some poor girl in the title story literally loses her heart while down at the nearby mall The local mall rats first notice it and then finally someone hangs it by a string between Bath and Body Works and Kleinfelter's Jewelers with the hope that somebody will come and claim it

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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. Magical realism at its finest Great work by Heather Fowler Recommended

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Suspended HeartAnd 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 Cente. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegallyOriginally written for Daniel Casey's Gently Read LiteratureAh the MFA story collection; has a beguiling trickster ever existed in the literary world Originally a cutting edge means of education at a time when creative writing was largely seen as an unworthy subject for university study over the last 75 years this distilled often intense artistic format has become a victim of its own success resulting in a world now so oversaturated with short academic pieces that the genre itself has largely become a self parodying one the universe now filled with an unending series of obscure trade paperbacks destined to be picked up only by that author's professors and friends as well as the occasional random book reviewer And so do these academic and basement presses keep fighting the good fight putting out hundreds and hundreds of these compilations with each passing year the results sometimes great in uality but with it becoming and difficult to justify their existence in general given how little you usually have to travel any to find an existing story collection that's already exactly like itTake for example two volumes I recently had the chance to look through Heather Fowler's Suspended Heart from Aueous Books and Stacey Levine's The Girl with Brown Fur from Starcherone Books itself an imprint of Dzanc Books Both writers are award winning academes one from California and the other from the Pacific Northwest; and frankly both of their collections feel like the pat results of a year's worth of workshopping with their fellow professors and students a typical grind through the MFA sausage factory that tends to produce stories that all sorta vaguely sound like each other and that all tend to coalesce in one's head not long after finishing them into a big blurry blob of magical realism and ten dollar vocabulary words I mean take Suspended Heart for example which I suppose I would call the better of the two although truthfully there's not a whole lot of difference between them; it's essentially a book's worth of metaphorical fairytales and fables which in good Postmodernist fashion examines a series of blase real world issues bad jobs terrible boyfriends through the filter of made up genre concepts such as the title tale for a good example in which a woman at a mall one day literally loses her heart placed into a glass jar by a janitor and put on display in the hopes of finding its owner and eventually becoming the source of all these freaky emotional things that happen to couples whenever they walk too close to itIt's not a bad story by any means and Fowler is a than capable writer; but I just can't help but to feel that I've already read stories like these a million times before which always seems to be my issue with MFA story collections much than the uality of the collections themselves And this is even pronounced with Levine's book which frankly just a week after finishing I can barely even remember anything about other than a vague recollection of finishing each story and thinking Really Was that it And that of course is one of the lingering problems of the MFA short story that profoundly contributes to their short mental lifespans; that since character development tends to be much treasured than plot in most academic writing programs and since the most prominent style in academic writing is ho hum social realism and since most academes tend to live sheltered uneventful lives the very subjects of the stories themselves tend to command little attention on their own to begin with the problem then compounded by the lackluster personal style and tendency to overedit that is so endemic to so much academic writingIt's a uestion that budding young writers really owe to themselves to ask when they sit down to start putting together their first professional manuscripts; that now that they have their training under their belt how are they now going to differentiate themselves from not only what's come before but from all their contemporaries churning out those five thousand new fiction titles that are currently being published each year in the United States every single year without fail It's a uestion that academic programs tend not to address because in many ways it's not the academic world's job to address it it's their job instead to crank out well trained writers and to make sure by graduation time that they are literal Masters at the fundamentals of the English language and the three act structure but as Fowler and Levine's earnest yet forgettable volumes prove for a writer to have a true success in the 21st century they need to know than just how to dot all their I's and cross all their T'sOut of 10 75