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The Heart Does Not Grow Back
by Fred Venturini


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EVERY SUPERHERO NEEDS TO START SOMEWHERE...

Dale Sampson is used to being a nonperson at his small-town Midwestern high school, picking up the scraps of his charismatic lothario of a best friend, Mack. He comforts himself with the certainty that his stellar academic record and brains will bring him the adulation that has evaded him in high school.  Read more...


 
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Overview

EVERY SUPERHERO NEEDS TO START SOMEWHERE...

Dale Sampson is used to being a nonperson at his small-town Midwestern high school, picking up the scraps of his charismatic lothario of a best friend, Mack. He comforts himself with the certainty that his stellar academic record and brains will bring him the adulation that has evaded him in high school. But when an unthinkable catastrophe tears away the one girl he ever had a chance with, his life takes a bizarre turn as he discovers an inexplicable power: He can regenerate his organs and limbs.

When a chance encounter brings him face to face with a girl from his past, he decides that he must use his gift to save her from a violent husband and dismal future. His quest takes him to the glitz and greed of Hollywood, and into the crosshairs of shadowy forces bent on using and abusing his gift. Can Dale use his power to redeem himself and those he loves, or will the one thing that finally makes him special be his demise? "The Heart Does Not Grow Back" is a darkly comic, starkly original take on the superhero tale, introducing an exceptional new literary voice in Fred Venturini.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781250052216
  • ISBN-10: 1250052211
  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Publish Date: November 2014
  • Page Count: 320
  • Dimensions: 8.66 x 4.98 x 0.85 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

Dale Sampson, the narrator of Venturini’s debut, is an awkward, smalltown Illinois teen obsessed with Regina, a popular girl who is out of his league. Despite the urging of his best friend, local baseball star Mack, Dale won’t let go of his infatuation. But when Dale is critically injured defending Regina from her sadistic boyfriend, Clint, Dale learns he has an ability far beyond the average teen: his limbs and organs regenerate. What follows is Dale’s years-long struggle to cope both with the loss of Regina, who was killed in Clint’s attack, and with the responsibility he feels regarding his newfound power. Venturini’s novel pleases with some standard superhero-origin fare—academic teen turned extraordinary, the local high school caste system, star-crossed first love. The story struggles from there. Dale has fittingly evil opposition in a local drug dealer and the government agent who, predictably, wishes to turn Dale into a lab rat at Research Triangle Park. Dale’s social awkwardness, however, is his biggest hurdle—and that anticlimatic psychological struggle leaves the narrative voice sounding misanthropic in spots. (Nov.)

 
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