Heart of Junk

Luke Geddes (Author)

Product Details

$26.00  $23.92
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
January 21, 2020

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About the Author

Luke Geddes holds a PhD in comparative literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, he now lives Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of the short story collection I am a Magical Teenage Princess and his writing has appeared in Conjunctions, Mid-American Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Washington Square Review, The Comics Journal, Electric Literature, and elsewhere.


"Luke Geddes is a master of humor. Heart of Junk deftly explores the loneliness of the human condition through a dazzling spectrum of characters. You will laugh 'til you cry, and cry 'til you laugh. This book is an instant cult classic. Meet your new favorite author."

--Alissa Nutting, author of Made for Love and Tampa
"Luke Geddes slyly transforms our material obsessions into a very funny and surprising page-turner of a novel. I loved getting to know this nutty group of hapless citizens, made possible by Geddes's shrewd and pitch-perfect writing."

--Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen
"Luke Geddes has written something truly wonderful with Heart of Junk. His tender portrayal of each uniquely strange character who inhabits the Heart of America Antique Mall is strengthened by such perfect comedic timing. As Geddes digs deeper and deeper into a world most people would ignore, he finds real treasure, something beautiful and life-affirming."

--Kevin Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of The Family Fang and Nothing to See Here
"Geddes's debut is a surreal, hilarious, but humane reckoning with America today: its consumerism, its culture, its nostalgia, its crap. A must-read for the hoarder in us all."

--Jen Beagin, author of Pretend I'm Dead and Vacuum in the Dark
"Hilarious and poignant, inviting belly laughs and thoughtful, genuinely moving introspection on how what we collect comes to define us."

--Booklist (starred review)
"This is a sharp and wicked novel, astute in its exploration of the collector's psyche and the value--both emotional and monetary--of American junk. Luke Geddes puts all of damaged humanity inside a Midwestern antiques mall, and he documents the escalating drama with savage affection."

--Chris Bachelder, author of National Book Award finalist The Throwback Special
"[A] rambunctious, oddly touching debut...[Geddes] offers even his most misguided characters the opportunity to bumble towards redemption. This one's a quirky treat for fans of flyover state humor."

--Publishers Weekly (starred review)