The Heart is a Lonely Hunter was Carson McCullers' first novel,
written in 1940. Set in a small town in the American South, it is
the story of a group of people who have little in common except
that they are all hopelessly lonely. A young girl, a drunken
socialist and a black doctor are drawn to a gentle, sympathetic
deaf mute, whose presence changes their lives. This powerful
exploration of alienation is both moving and perceptive.