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Author Topic: CoW Ep. 446: The Half-Life of a Broken Heart (Staff Picks 2020)  (Read 60 times)

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Cast of Wonders 446:  The Half-Life of a Broken Heart (Staff Picks 2020)

• Author: N.R. Lambert
• Narrator: Caroline Reid
• Host, Episode 446: Denise Sudell
• Host, Episode 413: Katherine Inskip
• Audio Producer:  Jeremy Carter
• Artist: Alexis Goble

"The Half-Life of a Broken Heart" previously appeared in Factor Four Magazine, Issue 2, July 2018, and in Cast of Wonders Episode 413, Little Wonders 25 – Hearts in Boxes, in May 2020.

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Click here to listen to Episode 413

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We hear the nursery long before we see it. Feel it too, despite the heavily insulated walls. Deep metronomic concussions roll down the corridor and crash through us. When we reach the entry, marked simply, “Hearts,” the door slides open and a technician ushers us through. The nursery is aggressively antiseptic–shrill LED lighting, a gleaming steel tile floor, and between them, bed after bed of hearts. A chamber of chambers, bumping and pulsing in sync.

“They do that on their own.” The tech says, smiling, glasses glaring back at us.


Tags:  2020, Alexis Goble, Caroline Reid, death, Denise Sudell, Flash Fiction, grief, healing, heartbreak, Jeremy Carter, Katherine Inskip, Little Wonders, love, N.R. Lambert, Staff Picks, Young Adult fiction