My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

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The latest in a wash of books based around horror movies and not just the horror genre itself, Stephen Graham Jones brings his A game to his newest novel. Jones has a strong grasp of the character of his protagonist, Jade Daniels, and she feels as real as you or I. She’s just totally obsessed with the genre of slasher movies. This book is also very funny – while a 3rd person in perspective, much of the novel feels like it’s coming from Jade herself, complete with a chip on the shoulder and a sarcastic bite to the words. On the horror side, Jones displays such a keen understanding of the plot structure and tropes of slashers that you have to wonder if maybe one day he’ll be making them. Maybe an adaptation of this book? Whether or not this ends up on the silver screen, it should end up in your hands. Highly recommend. -Sylvie

 

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 novel 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.

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
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