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“Luke Geddes is a master of humor. Heart of Junk deftly explores the loneliness of the human condition through a dazzling spectrum of characters. You will laugh ’til you cry, and cry ’til you laugh. This book is an instant cult classic. Meet your new favorite author.”
—Alissa Nutting, author of Made for Love and Tampa
“This is a sharp and wicked novel, astute in its exploration of the collector’s psyche and the value—both emotional and monetary—of American junk. Luke Geddes puts all of damaged humanity inside a Midwestern antiques mall, and he documents the escalating drama with savage affection.”
—Chris Bachelder, author of National Book Award finalist The Throwback Special
“Luke Geddes slyly transforms our material obsessions into a very funny and surprising page-turner of a novel. I loved getting to know this nutty group of hapless citizens, made possible by Geddes’s shrewd and pitch-perfect writing.”
—Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen
“Luke Geddes has written something truly wonderful with Heart of Junk. His tender portrayal of each uniquely strange character who inhabits the Heart of America Antique Mall is strengthened by such perfect comedic timing. As Geddes digs deeper and deeper into a world most people would ignore, he finds real treasure, something beautiful and life-affirming.”
—Kevin Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of The Family Fang and Nothing to See Here
"Geddes’s debut is a surreal, hilarious, but humane reckoning with America today: its consumerism, its culture, its nostalgia, its crap. A must-read for the hoarder in us all."
—Jen Beagin, author of Pretend I'm Dead and Vacuum in the Dark
“[A] rambunctious, oddly touching debut…[Geddes] offers even his most misguided characters the opportunity to bumble towards redemption. This one’s a quirky treat for fans of flyover state humor.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Hilarious and poignant, inviting belly laughs and thoughtful, genuinely moving introspection on how what we collect comes to define us.”
—Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
- ASIN : B07THFQW42
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (January 21, 2020)
- Publication date : January 21, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 5520 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 255 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #401,336 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I love flea markets, antique stores, garage sales etc. Geddes has set his book in the fictional Heart of America antique mall in Wichita, Kansas. There's lots of excitement at the mall - Mark and Grant from the tv show Pickin’ Fortunes are rumored to be coming to Heart of America to film an episode. Young Lindy Bobo is also missing - and the vendors decide to help with the search, hopefully finding her and adding that to their television story.
Okay, that's the premise - which absolutely hooked me. But, it was the seven characters and their inner thoughts and personal stories that kept me listening to 'just one more chapter'. I thought all of them were really well written - there's a wild range of misfit heading into unraveling happening here. Geddes caught me off guard more than once with a revelation unexpectedly dropped into the narrative. And then the story would veer in a direction that I didn't see coming.
But, there's also a look at collecting, hoarding, saving, keeping, selling and finding solace with 'stuff'. Or purging. Honestly, you'll never look at a Barbie Doll the same again.
I chose to listen to Heart of Junk. This audiobook features an ensemble of readers. I really like when there is a cast - it makes it easy to know who is 'talking' and makes the book a little more 'real', if you will. The readers were Samantha Desz, Arthur Morey, George Newbern, Rebekkah Ross and Jacques Roy - which includes a number of my favorites. The reader chosen for each character was perfect and matched the mental images I had come up with. Each voice was clear and easy to understand. They all captured their piece of the plot well. (Ronald scared me....) I've said it before and I'll say it again - I find I become more immersed in a story by listening.
Hear of Junk was a wonderfully fun, quirky, satirical, entertaining novel. It kept me engaged from first page 'til last. You're either going to love it or leave it. This listener loved it.
Top reviews from other countries
I found the kidnapping tale poorly explained. When the kidnapper was first revealed, I thought the full story of how the kidnapping came about would follow; but it never did. By the end of the book, I was left feeling that the kidnapper was a sick individual who deserved what was no doubt coming to them but I’m not convinced that that is the way the author wanted the story to come across.
The petty rivalry and backbiting between the stallholders was well done and I know how impassioned collectors can get over what are in many cases, very mundane objects.
On balance, I felt that too many chapters were given over to the trampled hopes and dreams of the individual stall holders without advancing either of the two storylines; ie the missing child and the hoped for tv crew visit. The laughs that there were could not make up for a poorly constructed storyline.