“This novel transports you to the Deep South where a group of people are on the cusp of change and reminds the reader how one person can powerfully affect many lives. A meditation on growing up, isolation, loneliness, the fragility of dreams and the universal human need to be heard.” Sinead
“A tapestry of the human heart, this novel explores loneliness in all its forms. From an awkward young girl, to an embittered doctor, to a drunken worker – this small town is full of broken people. At their center is Singer, the deaf-mute who gives them hope. One of my all-time favorites, this is a novel to read and re-read.” Rebekah
Often cited as one of the great novels of twentieth-century American fiction, 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 cafe 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.