The Art of the Heart by Dan Skinner ~ Book Review by Beverley

On the 26th June, Dan Skinner quietly mentioned on his facebook page that he had just released a new short story he’d had around for ages. I downloaded it immediately.

Art of the HeartTitle: The Art of the Heart

Author: Dan Skinner

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Dan Skinner

Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars


The heartland of America in 1965 feels like the end of the road for seventeen-year-old Zac Weston. After all, there’s nowhere to go when you’re shy, gay, and a virgin. A natural artist, inspiration strikes in the form of neighbor boy Rory, and Zac’s fantasies spill onto the pages of his notebook. When Zac’s secret is discovered, it might take more than wishes to magically make his world right.

My View:

The Art of the Heart is a gorgeous, luscious short story about a lonely boy who despairs of ever finding love. He lives in the heartland of America, Sweetwater, which is a tiny farming community. He has isolated himself from the other residents and students at school by being quiet and hiding behind his hair never making eye contact. Some think his is slow and he has heard them talking about him increasing his isolation even more. The reality is somewhat different.

This story is full of tender, heart wrenching, teenage awkwardness and loneliness; the pain of being different for whatever reason and seeing no way out, no end. This piece is so sensitively written that a situation, happening for the first time to a thirteen year old boy, which should be excruciatingly embarrassing, is sweet and amazing, full of meaning. It also highlights the aloneness of this boy in a way that almost made me sob.

Dan Skinner is a master of the emotional narrative. It doesn’t feel crafted it feels as though it has always been complete and smooth, as though it just flowed from his mind unhindered. I had to write this review because no one around me had read The Art of the Heart, and I had to talk about it. My throat still aches from the emotion this story caused in me. The cover is a scene from the book  beautifully rendered by one of his models, Dave, and D.W. Skinner’s photographic talents.

Buy this quiet little gem you won’t regret it.


Buy Links

Amazon US
Amazon UK

This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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4 thoughts on “The Art of the Heart by Dan Skinner ~ Book Review by Beverley

  1. This one looks heart gripping and, well, being written by Dan it’s gotta be fabulous! Congratulations, Dan! I wish you tons of success! Thanks for the giveaway!

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