Weight of a Human Heart by Ryan O'Neill

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The Weight of a Human Heart has all the urgency and vigour, then, that one might expect from a first collection: daring, intelligent, witty, full of new discoveries and exhilarations.
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"You will be astounded by the hugeness of his heart, and by the breadth and depth of his vision. O'Neill is a writer of limitless imagination." —Hector Tobar, author of The Barbarian Nurseries


Ranging from Australia and Africa to Europe and Asia and back again, The Weight of a Human Heart heralds a fresh and important new voice in fiction. Ryan O'Neill takes us on a journey that is sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, and wholly original.
A young Tutsi girl flees her village on the brink of the Rwandan genocide. A literary duel—and an affair—play out in the book review section of a national newspaper. A young girl learns her mother's disturbing secrets through the broken key on a typewriter.

With imagination, wit, and a keen eye, Ryan O'Neill draws the essence of the human experience with a cast of characters who stick with you long after you turn the last page of this brilliant short story collection.

 

About Ryan O'Neill

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RYAN O'NEILL was born in Glasgow in 1975 and lived in Africa, Europe, and Asia before settling in Newcastle, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. A Hal Porter and Roland Robinson award-winner, his fiction has appeared in The Best Australian Stories, The Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin, New Australian Stories, Wet Ink, Etchings, and Westerly. The Weight of a Human Heart has been shortlisted for the 2012 Queensland Literary Prize–Steele Rudd Award. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.
 
Published July 16, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ian Sansom on Sep 07 2012

The Weight of a Human Heart has all the urgency and vigour, then, that one might expect from a first collection: daring, intelligent, witty, full of new discoveries and exhilarations.

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on May 21 2013

...too much of the book looks like a Ph.D. thesis in creative writing, where extra credit goes to the candidate who tries techniques others know better than to try.

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