The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers (Estate)
Pub date 31st January 1940
Original publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US)
Publisher (UK) Penguin
International publishers Naklada Pelago (Croatia), Lindhardt & Ringhof (Denmark), Editions Stock (France), Diogenes (Germany), Dioptra (Greece), Einaudi (Italy), Athenaeum (The Netherlands), Aschehoug (Norway), Albatros (Poland), Prava I Prevodi (Romania), Seix Barral (Spain), Norstedts (Sweden)


Carson McCullers’ prodigious first novel was published to instant acclaim when she was just twenty-three. Set in a small town in the middle of the deep South, it is the story of John Singer, a lonely deaf-mute, and a disparate group of people who are drawn towards his kind, sympathetic nature. The owner of the café where Singer eats every day, a young girl desperate to grow up, an angry socialist drunkard, a frustrated black doctor: each pours their heart out to Singer, their silent confidant, and he in turn changes their disenchanted lives in ways the could never imagine. Moving, sensitive and deeply humane, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter explores loneliness, the human need for understanding and the search for love.


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