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My Heart Is a Chainsaw
My Heart Is a Chainsaw
My Heart Is a Chainsaw
Audiobook13 hours

My Heart Is a Chainsaw

Written by Stephen Graham Jones

Narrated by Cara Gee

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel

In her quickly gentrifying rural lake town Jade sees recent events only her encyclopedic knowledge of horror films could have prepared her for in this latest chilling novel that “will give you nightmares. The good kind, of course” (BuzzFeed) from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, Stephen Graham Jones.


“Some girls just don’t know how to die…”

Shirley Jackson meets Friday the 13th in My Heart Is a Chainsaw, written by the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians Stephen Graham Jones, called “a literary master” by National Book Award winner Tananarive Due and “one of our most talented living writers” by Tommy Orange.

Alma Katsu calls My Heart Is a Chainsaw “a homage to slasher films that also manages to defy and transcend genre.” On the surface is a story of murder in small-town America. But beneath is its beating heart: a biting critique of American colonialism, Indigenous displacement, and gentrification, and a heartbreaking portrait of a broken young girl who uses horror movies to cope with the horror of her own life.

Jade Daniels is an angry, half-Indian outcast with an abusive father, an absent mother, and an entire town that wants nothing to do with her. She lives in her own world, a world in which protection comes from an unusual source: horror movies…especially the ones where a masked killer seeks revenge on a world that wronged them. And Jade narrates the quirky history of Proofrock as if it is one of those movies. But when blood actually starts to spill into the waters of Indian Lake, she pulls us into her dizzying, encyclopedic mind of blood and masked murderers, and predicts exactly how the plot will unfold.

Yet, even as Jade drags us into her dark fever dream, a surprising and intimate portrait emerges…a portrait of the scared and traumatized little girl beneath the Jason Voorhees mask: angry, yes, but also a girl who easily cries, fiercely loves, and desperately wants a home. A girl whose feelings are too big for her body. My Heart Is a Chainsaw is her story, her homage to horror and revenge and triumph.
LanguageEnglish
Release dateAug 31, 2021
ISBN9781797123325
My Heart Is a Chainsaw
Author

Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of fifteen novels and six story collections. He has received numerous awards, including the NEA Literature Fellowship in fiction, the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction, the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction, and the This Is Horror Award, as well as making Bloody Disgusting’s Top Ten Horror Novels of the Year. Stephen was raised in West Texas. He now lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and children.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Very interesting and compelling novel with a super strong, unique voice. Really excellent portrayal of ASD and mental illness in this one. Ultimately I was extremely disappointed with the last quarter and the ending... I'm very much a "a bad ending ruins my impression of the entire book" person. The last few chapters feel like they come out of nowhere as a result of certain aspects of the story being underdeveloped. It's a shame because the first half of the book was very decent... the author just couldn't pull it all together in the end, and it was very unsatisfying.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Jade is my hero. She legit knows her slasher movies! I loved all the movie references - made me want to check out ones I’ve never heard of before. And I kind of wanna go on a movie marathon.
    All that besides: the storyline was excellent. The dark secrets we hide and the ways we try to hide them.. the things we do to survive - not just the killer but from those closest to us. Add a town that considers you the weirdo and you got yourself a hellva character build. The ending had me wondering but I think that’s the point.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Very much enjoyed this, interesting concept and some good twists and turns. Ending a little unsatisfactory but overall a good read.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Kept me quessing all the way through it. Fast paced narrative and very enjoyable. Jade and her wealth of knowledge about "slasher films" and her since of humor kept me in suspense and laughter constantly. Loved it
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I loved this book. As a high school teacher, Jade’s problems hit me hard, and as a horror fan, well—it’s really good. Kept me guessing till the end.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    An amazing homage to all classic slasher movies but also a heart wrenching, gutting story of one girl’s survival story that extends beyond the killings. Absolutely magnificent and unforgettable.