by Lauren Foss Goodman
With an ambitious, precise voice, Lauren Foss Goodman’s debut novel A Heart Beating Hard takes a deep look into the rich interior life of a person we too often pass by. Born into the small world of Apartment #2, with a mother who doesn’t want her and a grandmother who doesn’t help her, Marjorie starts to figure out the larger world on her own. Despite bright lights, grabbing hands, people coming and going, she learns to take care of herself and her secrets.
Based off of a story that won Boulevard’s 2009 Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers, A Heart Beating Hard will be published next spring by 21st Century Prose, a new fiction imprint at the University of Michigan Press.
North American publisher: Maize Books/University of Michigan Press, Spring 2015
Foreign rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
Film/TV rights contact: Kate Johnson, Wolf Literary Services
Lauren Foss Goodman’s gifts of sympathy are deep and true. She looks long and lovingly at people we shy away from, at the hidden sweetness and cruelty we rush about to miss. A Heart Beating Hard is a marvel—tender, harrowing, funny, and altogether its own intoxicating animal.”—Noy Holland, author of Swim for the Little One First
Never has a book transcribed a character’s thoughts the way Lauren Goodman transcribes Marjorie. Goodman uses the all of every word she writes. She articulates the indescribable. Reading A Heart Beating Hard is a truly powerful and immersive experience. Rarely does language feel so damning, brilliant, and needed.”—Rachel B. Glaser, author of Pee on Water and Moods