Animal Heart (paperback)

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Animal Heart (paperback)

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A cabbie with a booze problem pities a murderer and helps him flee into the desert. A homeless woman teaches a businessman how to dance. A bank robber on the run does the only compassionate thing he’s ever done in his life when he encounters a band of wild horses. A man hunts and kills his romantic rival, then presents the love of his life with a grisly token of his affection.

The stories in Paul Luikart’s Animal Heart address lives in transition, focusing on raggedy characters in need of redemption—whether they realize it or not.

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“Here we have one of my favorite writers whose endings leave me happily breathless. There is no fluff or prettying here. There is grit and dirt. Tragedy. Hunting and betrayal. Violence and release. Fully animal, fully human. Be warned. It gets you. Thwack! Right through the heart.”

— Leesa Cross-Smith, author of Every Kiss A War

 

“This debut collection of short fiction took me places I’ve never experienced. It introduced me to pimps, prostitutes, junkies, alkies, and others who have simply lost their way. In riveting and often beautiful prose, Luikart forced me away from what’s easy and comfortable into a world that has changed my sense of who I am as a human being. These stories aren’t for the faint-hearted, but they are always honest and filled with compassion and humanity. Animal Heart is an experience not to be missed.”

— Gary D. Wilson, author of Getting Right and Sing, Ronnie Blue