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In her debut story collection Heartbreaker, Maryse Meijer peels back the crust of normalcy and convention, unmasking the fury and violence we are willing to inflict in the name of love and loneliness. Her characters are a strange ensemble—a feral child, a girl raised from the dead, a possible pedophile—who share in vulnerability and heartache, but maintain an unremitting will to survive. Meijer deals in desire and sex, femininity and masculinity, family and girlhood, crafting a landscape of appetites threatening to self-destruct. In beautifully restrained and exacting prose, she sets the marginalized free to roam her pages and burn our assumptions to the ground.
Maryse Meijer has been published in Meridian,The Saint Ann's Review, The Dallas Review, Portland Review,and actual paper. She is the 2008 recipient of the Meridian Editors' Prize for Fiction. A graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA program, she lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her first novel.