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Owner of a Lonely Heart

Book cover used courtesy of Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin, New York.

Though The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is set in a small mill town in the late 1930s, it could have been written today. The ambitious book touches on a wide range of issues and social ills that still plague present-day America. Racism. Inequality. Struggle. Though the town McCullers portrays is based on her hometown of Columbus, Georgia in the rural South, there’s a universal feel to the experience described which is why readers all over the world have identified with the novel and why it's still read in 2012.



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