NEWS AND UPDATES:
February of 2020 marks the new release of a 2nd edition of Heather Fowler's fourth collection of short fiction Elegantly Naked in My Sexy Mental Illness.. An audiobook for this title and the Collector’s Edition of Suspended Heart releases in late March, with the audiobook of Beautiful Ape Girl Baby releasing in late April or early May due to COVID-19 delays. In other news, Fowler has agreed to co-host two new literary podcasts, Lit Fix and Booktails, that launch this July and feature interviews or live readings with authors regarding new audiobooks and recent release trade paperbacks.
ELEGANTLY NAKED IN MY SEXY MENTAL ILLNESS: STORIES
Heather Fowler's fourth collection of short fiction speaks to the language of need. Desperate, obsessive, and even demented need is voiced by characters ill or ill-advised. From modern to historical, cyber to stalker, explicit to tender, the relationships in Elegantly Naked in My Sexy Mental Illness translate love and lust into intimate disorder. How we hear our own need and the way it sounds to others proves, in this addictive collection, an imperfect but utterly captivating conversation. Audiobook available in Spring 2020.
SUSPENDED HEART: STORIES
Collector's Edition with Bonus Stories
In an explosion of love's metaphors, Fowler's debut collection of stories, SUSPENDED HEART, released as a Collector’s edition in 2019, takes on American fabulism with a cast of unexpected heroines in the narratives of life and loss-women whose hearts fall out at public malls, women whose bodies bloom with changing seasons, women who sprout blades or have multiple eyes, sleep as snakes, or birth saints like lapis lazuli babies. Where there is struggle and sadness, there is also humor: Fowler's fictive voice has been compared to both Franz Kafka and Donald Barthelme. There's a fearlessness to this prose, a melody of life and magic and loss. Selected stories in this volume have been published online and in Australia. Audiobook available in Spring 2020.
BEAUTIFUL APE GIRL BABY, A NOVEL
A rollicking ride of a magical realist, coming-of-age story that explores sex and gender in ways that will have you laughing out loud. Be prepared to travel light with a somewhat murderous female protagonist en route across the country - where it's so hard to be a strong, violent, little ape girl - looking in all the wrong places for forever kinds of love. Audiobook available in Spring 2020.
PEOPLE WITH HOLES: STORIES
Hailed as "magic realism at its finest," Fowler's stories reveal the small but essential truths that motivate sex, love, and tragedy in relationships. Previously compared to Franz Kafka, Shirley Jackson, and the love child of Joyce Carol Oates and Angela Carter, Fowler's voice flips in tone and cadence in ways that delight her readers. Whether in museums of solitude, airports of dreams, archers' fields, freak shows, urban cafes, or the cottages of dwarves, her stories explore love's inevitable consequences. Fowler's unique visions are thought-provoking, with a touch of feminist sensibility, and shot through with quirky and laugh-out-loud humor.