Singer and Stars – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Heather Paquette:

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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter was another gripping tale from our list; this one told the story of a time in one man’s life, although it differed from An American Tragedy in that it focused less on the decisions this man made and more on the acquaintances who encircle his space in small town Georgia.


The novel opens by describing the close friendship between deaf-mute roommates John Singer and Spiros Antonopoulous. When Antonopoulous is moved to an asylum by one of his relative, Singer rents a room in a boarding house and soon meets the cast of characters that we’ll get to know throughout the book:

  • Mick Kelly – A pre-teen girl and clever musician, whose family owns the boarding house
  • Biff Brannon – The owner of a diner that the whole ensemble frequents
  • Jack Blount – An alcoholic drifter who stumbles into town
  • Benedict Copeland – An African…

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You Can’t Handle the Truth – An American Tragedy

Heather Paquette:

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An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser is a gripping novel that tells the story of Clyde Griffiths, who is being raised by his devoutly religious missionary parents. They are poor and he is poorly educated due to their vagabond lifestyle. The narrative continues to focus on Clyde as he gets his first job outside the family mission as a bellhop in a swanky Kansas City hotel. There we meet the cast of characters who will drive the first part of the book and who will influence Clyde greatly in his formative years.


After an incident that is fully detailed in the course of his Kansas City escapades, Clyde moves to Chicago and meets his father’s brother, the wealthy Samuel Griffiths, who invites Clyde to work in his shirt collar factory, but does not invite him into the wealthier social circles to which Samuel belongs. Here Clyde enters into a forbidden…

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Quotes and Notes – Tact



I’ll let you tactfully be the judge of who offered this piece of wisdom originally – Howard Newton, an American advertising executive or Isaac Newton, mathematician extraordinaire. Either way, it’s a good one!


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