The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

by Carson McCullers

In Brief

A classic work of Southern Gothic fiction set in a mill town in 1930s Georgia. John Singer is deaf and mute, largely alone in the world until four very different characters find themselves drawn to him. A violent alcoholic, a teenage tomboy, a frustrated black doctor and a quiet café owner come to rely on the silent Singer for a clearer understanding of their troubled existences.

Why you should read it

Listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest English-language books from 1923 to 2005, this long neglected classic deserves a wider modern audience for its sensitively drawn characters and its detailed portrayal of Depression-era life in America’s conflicted South.

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