Strange Heart Beating

Eli Goldstone

Published: 4 May 2017
Trade Paperback, Demy PB
135x216mm, 208 pages
ISBN: 9781783783496


Seb's beautiful, beloved wife Leda has been killed by a swan. Sorting through her belongings after her death, he comes across a packet of unopened letters from Olaf, a man whom Leda had never mentioned. Floundering professionally and sunk by grief, he decides to travel to Leda's home village in Latvia to patch her story together. But with each new person that he turns to for answers, Seb is met instead by more questions about Leda, her past and their life together.

A darkly funny, seductive novel that confronts the black undercurrent of possession inherent in love, Strange Heart Beating is a breathtaking debut from an author whose vision is both acerbic and tender.

About the author

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Eli Goldstone lives in London and is a graduate of the City University Creative Writing (Novels) MA. She is the former prose editor of Cadaverine. Her debut novel, Strange Heart Beating, will be published by Granta in May 2017. More about the author


‘The writing is terrific; the story so skilfully and finely unfolded, full of sly laughs and complex tenderness’ Sara Baume



‘What a beautiful, rare thing Strange Heart Beating is - funny and tender, yes, but so ferocious, sweeping its reader towards wholly devastating realisations’ Lisa McInerney

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