The Heart is a Lonely Hunter could easily be dismissed as dark and depressing (which it sort of is), and it is definitely not plot-driven. However, what makes this novel remarkable are the rich characters who voice each chapter - John Singer, a deaf-mute; Mick Kelly, a 12 year old girl from a poor family; Biff Brannon, a cafe owner; and Doc Copeland, an African American physician. Set in 1930s Georgia, the stories of these characters and how they interact is incredibly rich and moving. Even though I was a bit sad while reading this novel, I greatly enjoyed it.
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS3525.A1772 H4 2000
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Lisa Champ, Gift Recorder, University Advancement
Rating: Highly Recommended