The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is a great book! Most people can surely relate to many of the characters in the story. Each person has pretty much the same issues as most of us in every day life. The story shows how it is for people of color in a town of racist white people, what it's like for the deaf to live in a world of silence, of a child's dream to have a passion for music. If you'd like to read a great story, this is your book!