Maryse Meijer
HEARTBREAKER (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2016)

In her debut story collection, Heartbreaker, Maryse Meijer, flashlight in hand, goes deep into the darkest rooms of the psyche. With gorgeously restrained and exacting prose that packs a cumulatively devastating punch, she unapologetically unmasks the violence we are willing to perform upon one another in the name of love and loneliness and the unremitting desire to survive. In doing so, she lights societal convention and reader expectation on fire, exploring the darker emotional truths surrounding love and sex, femininity and masculinity, family and girlhood.

Maryse Meijer’s work has appeared in Meridian, St. Ann’s Review, Reunion, The Portland Review, and actual paper. Her collection of stories, Heartbreaker, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, July 2016.