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The Heart Broke In

A Novel

James Meek

Picador

A RICHLY IMAGINED NOVEL OF FAMILY, LOVE AND SCIENCE SET IN MODERN-DAY LONDON, FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE PEOPLE'S ACT OF LOVE

Ritchie Shepherd, aging former pop star and wildly successful producer of a reality teen talent show, is starting to trip over the intricacy of his own lies. Gallingly, his sister, Bec, a scientist developing a crucial vaccine, is as addicted to truth-telling as Ritchie is to falsehood. Ritchie relies on her certitude even as he seethes with resentment. A devastating chain of events is set into motion when Bec tells her fiancé, Val, a powerful tabloid editor, that she can’t bring herself to marry him after all. Furious, he sets into motion an elaborate revenge plot intended to destroy Bec by exposing the people who are close to her.

A bighearted epic in the manner of Tolstoy, James Meek's The Heart Broke In is also as shrewd, starkly funny, and of-the-moment as Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom or Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Marriage Plot. Most of all, it is a staggeringly good read, fiction with the reverberating resonance of truth.

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Praise for The Heart Broke In

“Few writers combine moral seriousness with such a charmingly light touch.”—The Boston Globe
 
“[The Heart Broke In is] a novel to sink yourself into on a Sunday afternoon, disappearing into the characters’ lives and worries and wants, and learning a little about immorality and immortality (the words are cousins), both thoughtfully explored.”—The Seattle Times

“Sex, fame, family, mortality: Meek (The People’s Act of Love) grabs major themes with both hands in his latest, a dazzlingly drawn modern saga.”—Entertainment Weekly

“You have to admire the scope and ambition of this operatic saga.”—The Guardian (London)
“Few writers combine moral seriousness with such a charmingly light touch.”—The Boston Globe
 
“[The Heart Broke In is] a novel to sink yourself into on a Sunday afternoon, disappearing into the characters’ lives and worries and wants, and learning a little about immorality and immortality (the words are cousins), both thoughtfully explored.”—The Seattle Times

“Sex, fame, family, mortality: Meek (The People’s Act of Love) grabs major themes with both hands in his latest, a dazzlingly drawn modern saga.”—Entertainment Weekly

“You have to admire the scope and ambition of this operatic saga.”—The Guardian (London)

In the Press

The ties that bind - FT.com
The Heart Broke In, by James Meek, Canongate, RRP£17.99 Farrar, Straus and Giroux, RRP$20, 550 pages With his 2005 novel The People's Act of Love , James Meek, a former foreign correspondent in Russia, earned comparisons with Tolstoy and
- Financial Times
Shelf Awareness for Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | Shelf Awareness
Welcome to the Web site for Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade, the free e-mail newsletter dedicated to helping the people in stores, ...
- Shelf Awareness
'The Last Viking'; 'The Heart Broke In'; 'Do the Movies Have a Future?' - Boston.com
THE LAST VIKING: The Life of Roald Amundsen By Stephen R. Bown Da Capo, 384 pp., $27.50 The Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was an international celebrity in his day, leading daring expeditions to
- The Boston Globe
The Book We're Talking About: 'The Heart Broke In' By James Meek
"The Heart Broke In" by James MeekFarrar, Straus and Giroux, $28.00October 2, 2012 What is it about?It's an epic story of characters addicted to lies and truth, including Ritchie, an aging rocker and chronic cheater, and Bec, his sister who is on a quest to find a malaria vaccine.
- Huffington Post
Collisions with Strangeness: James Meek
British author and journalist James Meek talks process -- it involves spoiling paper -- and how experience informs his fiction.
- Publishers Weekly
PW Talks with James Meek
He's an award-winning, internationally bestselling author, but this is his first visit to BEA. So do make James Meek feel welcome this morning at 9:30 a.m., when he signs his forthcoming novel, The Heart Broke In, for Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the Macmillan booth (3358).
- Publishers Weekly

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  • James Meek

  • James Meek is an award-winning writer whose novels include The People’s Act of Love and We Are Now Beginning Our Descent. He lives in London.
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The Heart Broke In

A Novel

James Meek

The Independent (UK) Best Books of the Year, Costa Book Award - Shortlist
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