Heart With Joy Reviews:

“It's amazing how a book can make it's way into your heart and change you forever. This is one of those books. Julian is an extremely likable character who you can't help but fall in love with. Steve captured the meaning of family with Heart With Joy. When you're in the mood for a feel-good book, this is your best option.”—Confessions of a Readaholic

“Cushman’s prose is quietly profound and thoroughly engaging, and I loved every minute I spent with his beautiful and extremely well drawn characters. I highly recommend that you experience this brilliant coming-of-age story for yourself.”--Eating YA Books

“I absolutely loved Heart With Joy. This really is a great book and more people should know about it…. I would highly recommend this novel to both teens and adults looking for a quick, heartwarming read.”—The Book Pixie

“I absolutely loved this book. It takes the reader into a short time in these peoples lives to see how broken relationships can be mended through finding out what really fills our hearts with joy! I would rate this book a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.”—Reviews From The Heart

“Heart With Joy is an endearing tale about connecting to our authentic selves through the things (and people) we love.”--Elisa Lorello, author of Faking It

“This well-written coming-of-age novel is heartwarming and poignant. ….Through Julian’s narrative, the reader witnesses his journey of self-discovery, acceptance of his parents’ estranged relationship, and love of family and friends.”-- Midwest Book Review

“Heart With Joy is a poignant, tender, and beautifully written story about a young man’s entry into adulthood.”—Colloquium

“Steve Cushman’s short novel, “Heart with Joy,” is a breezy read about a teen boy who finds what fills his heart with joy. The nice thing about “Heart with Joy” is it is a book of hope…. There’s no violence or dangerous liaisons with tragic consequences….It’s quiet and gentle and certainly suitable for teens and adults….You’ll like Julian and feel that the ending is right, and you’ll feel a little bit better about the world.”—Salisbury Post

“This short novel is packed with a profound story of joy, loss, hope, and discovery. Heart with Joy is emotionally charged and superbly written. I could not put it down once I started reading….Heart with Joy is a must read for anyone. …This will be a book that I will read again and again in the years to come.” --Books Complete Me

“I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in young adult literature that focuses on family, relationships, and love. I guarantee once you pick it up you won’t want to put it down until you finish.” ---Fiction Folio

“Wow. This book took my breath away. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this short, but extremely touching novel….All in all this is a wonderful read, and I highly recommend it.” -- A Bookish Wonderland

“I think this novel has something for everyone. At the heart of the book is the fact that everyone should find something they love and enjoy and do that in some capacity. This is what makes life beautiful.” --My Reading Room

“While reading this book I became more aware of the sounds of birds surrounding me. It was a story that warmed my heart, made me appreciate the relationships I have a little bit more and left me feeling content. Heart With Joy is worth the time investment if you want something pleasant and thoughtful to read.” --The Lost ENTwife

“Cushman’s writing easily flows off the page and Julian’s various food dishes sound absolutely delectable….Heart With Joy is the type of book that sneaks up on you when you least expect it. It’s a heartwarming story of a boy becoming a man, finding out what matters most in his life, and learning to love along the way. It’s uplifting and full of passion – a book about life, about family, and about the little things in life that mean the most. Don’t miss this one.” --Wicked Awesome Books



Steve Cushman was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Florida. He earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida, then an M.A. from Hollins University and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His debut novel, Portisville, was the winner of the 2004 Novello Literary Award. Portisville went on to be named a Finalist for both the Independent Publisher’s Book Award in General Fiction and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in Literary Fiction.

Cushman’s short story collection, Fracture City, was published in 2008. Stories from this collection were originally published in the North American Review, 100% Pure Florida Fiction, Rosebud, Village Rambler, and the Raleigh News & Observer, among other places. His book reviews have appeared in the Greensboro News & Record, Winston-Salem Journal and Our State magazine. In 2007, he was awarded a Central Piedmont Regional Artist grant from the United Arts Council of Greensboro. For the last twenty years, Steve has worked as an X-ray Technologist and is currently employed at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife and son. Steve's second novel, Heart With Joy, was published in 2010.

His first poetry collection, a chapbook titled Hospital Work, was published in 2013. A second collection, Midnight Stroll, was published in 2015. A third novel, Hopscotch, is due out this year.

Selected Works

Novel
In Heart With Joy, fifteen-year-old Julian is a budding chef who is also learning the recipe for true love, even as his own parents drift apart. It is a pleasure to read Cushman’s deft, tender novel. --Quinn Dalton, author of Stories from the Afterlife
Short Fiction
In Fracture City, a riveting, heartfelt story collection, Cushman explores desperation and all the surprising, selfish and even compassionate directions it can lead us.
-Tommy Hays, author of The Pleasure Was Mine
Fiction
Portisville holds a reader from the first page. An engrossing and satisfying novel... The combination of suspense and deep characterization makes Portisville a literary thriller.
--The Charlotte Observer