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The Heart Does Not Grow Back: A Novel Paperback – November 4, 2014

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“What starts out as a tender and hilarious coming-of-age novel turns into something quite different....The writing is joyous, but the dark side of depth to the comedy. Dale's voice is refreshing, his strange power of regeneration and the aftermath of fame and fortune expertly rendered. The Heart Does Not Grow Back is an exciting, thoroughly enjoyable ride, hitting the perfect spot of strange and bittersweet.” ―Paula Bomer, The New York Times Book Review

The Heart Does Not Grow Back, combining the elements of literary fiction in a plot straight out of science fiction, offers a reading experience if not unique, then certainly fascinating, and fascinating, to my mind, is better than unique.” ―Jack Goodstein,

“Venturini's melancholy but fascinating first novel is an invitation to think about altruism, ethics, and the tangled precincts of the human heart.” ―
Booklist (starred review)

“It's a testament to this novel's unusual pull that it keeps the reader engaged despite its deeply disturbing imagery and much bloodshed.” ―
Kirkus Reviews

“Fred Venturini's
The Heart Does Not Grow Back is a marvel. Simply stated, it is like nothing I've ever read before. That's a rarity, something to be treasured whenever you have the good fortune to encounter it. So thank you, Mr. Venturini.” ―Nick Cutter, author of The Troop

“Venturini has a voice that's something like noir poetry, alternately hard-boiled and beautiful, and the story he tells with it is intriguing, intense, and--dare I say it--visceral. Keep your eye on this guy. He's going to cause trouble.” ―
Isaac Marion, author of Warm Bodies

“A smart, funny, and dark coming-of-age story that successfully balances the weird and the heartfelt.” ―
Shane Jones, author of Light Boxes and Crystal Eaters

“Fred Venturini is an awesomely talented writer, and he proves it on every page....This novel about a shy, emotionally damaged loser with a bizarre but coveted ability to regenerate his vital parts is one of the most engaging and ultimately satisfying that I've had the pleasure to read in a long time.” ―
Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff and The Devil All the Time

About the Author

Fred Venturini was born in Patoka, Illinois. His short fiction has been published in the Booked Anthology, Noir at the Bar 2, and Surreal South '13. His story "Gasoline" is featured in Chuck Palahniuk's Burnt Tongues collection. He lives in Southern Illinois with his wife and daughter.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1250052211
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picador (November 4, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781250052216
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250052216
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.45 x 0.88 x 8.16 inches
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Fred Venturini has eleven scars from eleven separate incidents, the most interesting of which is the time he was set on fire. For the others, just ask. His short fiction has been featured in the Booked. Anthology, Noir at the Bar 2, and Chuck Palahniuk's BURNT TONGUES anthology. He is the acclaimed author of THE HEART DOES NOT GROW BACK and THE ESCAPE OF LIGHT (Turner, 2019). On the basketball court, he is a three-point specialist and defensive liability. He lives in Southern Illinois with his wife and daughter.

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