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Fashion Book–The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

2010 July 29

I’m in the middle of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter , Carson McCullers’ first novel, and her most well known. I read The Member of the Wedding a few months ago and was struck by the quiet desperation of Frankie Addams, the book’s adolescent heroine. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter focuses on a similarly lonely and aching adolescent girl, Mick Kelly. Allegedly, Mick is loosely based on McCullers herself. She’s a stubborn tomboy, wearing shorts and getting dirty on her solitary walks, telling her sisters that she dresses like a boy because she doesn’t want to dress like them.

Though Mick is rough and tumble, she is also thoughtful and sensitive. She is searching for the beauty in the world, a beauty she finds in music. She loves music intensely, only feeling sad when she hears a beautiful piece because there “isn’t enough of her” to listen to everything. How many times have we all felt that way, about anything beautiful in the world?

Mick’s outfit is simple–a pair of shorts, a plaid shirt, some sneakers, and a straw hat to keep out the Southern sun–but I would love to kick around in this all summer long.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Aeropostale yellow plaid shirt ($24.99)

American Eagle skinny bermuda shorts ($34.95)

Keds Champion canvas sneaker ($40)

Styles for Less ombre straw fedora ($10)

4 Responses Post a comment
  1. July 29, 2010

    Would it be weird if I went out and ordered this exact outfit for myself? I kind of love it more than life.

  2. Joe permalink
    July 29, 2010

    With my new plaid shirt and your yellow allstars & target hat, you’re only a pair of jean shorts away from this outfit!

  3. July 29, 2010

    This is such a cute outfit. I love the idea of getting inspiration from a book.

  4. July 29, 2010

    I have had this book lying on my “to read” shelf of various bookcases forEVER. I have always kind of put it off because I knew in actuality nothing about it other than it was probably going to be superbly depressing. But after your description of it, and Mick’s love of music in it, I am so ready to jump in now! So thanks!

    Also, like others said, that outfit is just awesome.

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