The Man With The Glass Heart by Shelly Reuben

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Not since The Little Prince fell in love with a rose has a book captured the magic of a world where love longs for what it cannot have, recovers what it has lost, and the unimaginable flutters with luminescent wings out of crystal caves.  

Panache, an exuberant road gypsy, is on her way to the mountains.  Benjamin Pencil, The Man With The Glass Heart, has no use for mountains.  But their paths cross, their lives intertwine, and Benjamin follows her up, up, up, to where hills are smothered in poppies and a man can reach out and write his name in the sky.

As they travel, they first encounter the beautiful but predatory Woman with the Breeding, a collector of hearts who tries to add Benjamin's exquisite heart to her pitiable hoard; the malicious Man who Laughs, who lives only to create fear and kill dreams; and unpredictably Panache's iconoclastic, unreliable, and utterly irresistible father.  Papa plays his saxophone with the same wild abandon with which he lives his life, and cautions Panache that if the mountains are in a man, he will go there ... and that mountains are in the man with the glass heart.

It is in those mountains that they meet the melodious laughing bird.  Melody, with her irresistible song and aquamarine eyes, lures Benjamin to an Arabian Nights world where hypnotizing creatures dance and sing late into the night.

At what peril does Benjamin Pencil follow the melodious laughing bird?  To what end?  Can real hearts be broken?  Is a shattered heart the end of all love?  Or can it be a new beginning?
 

About Shelly Reuben

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Shelly Reuben's first novel, Julian Solo, was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar Award, and by the Libertarian Futurist Society for a Prometheus Award. Her crime novel, Origin & Cause, was nominated for a Falcon Award by the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan. She also writes two newspaper columns and regularly contributes short stories to The Forensic Examiner. This is her first fable.
 
Published October 20, 2012 by Bernard Street Books. 218 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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