We read for many reasons. Through stories we are able to travel to distant and unfamiliar places. We meet new characters and are able to step inside them for a bit, allowing us to see the world through someone else's eyes. We can imagine ourselves doing something we've never even dreamt of trying. Stories open our minds and make us think, but they also touch our hearts. We make connections and revelations. We see ourselves in others. Whether by a place, a cast of characters, or an unfamiliar situation, we often also read to be surprised.
If you read for any of these reasons, you will enjoy The Weight of a Human Heart
. This varied and at times experimental collection of short stories by author Ryan O'Neill travels the wide world and brings readers inside the lives of many different characters.
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Beyond the Book
Author Ryan O'Neill was born in Glasgow in 1975. He lived in Africa, Europe and Asia before settling in Newcastle, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. His fiction has appeared in The Best Australian Stories
, The Sleepers Almanac
, New Australian Stories
, Wet Ink
, and Westerly
. His work has won the Hal Porter and Roland Robinson awards. The Weight of a Human Heart
has been shortlisted for the 2012 Queensland Literary Prize—Steele Rudd Award. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.