"In gathering together these dozen variations on the theme of love won and lost, I have turned to writers from the prairies who have demonstrated deft manoeuvering in this treacherous terrain. Their narratives make clear how many voices love speaks in and how tortured the whole business of men and women coming together and falling apart can be. As in actual life, no one in these accounts seems to know quite what to make of love, and yet everyone is enthralled by it. The stories range from the starkly realistic to the wildly fabulous, and the attitude they take to women and men varies greatly. Each offers considerable insight into the troubled lives we lead at the close of this century—tangled and ragged, yes, but also joyful. ...I find all of them wonderful: at once captivating and intriguing."
—Wayne Tefs, from his Preface
“An unapologetic and delightfully disarming collection of so-called ‘love’ stories.”
—The Quill & Quire
"Hearts Wild is an extremely likeable book of strong, well-made short stories, creditably compiled and thoughtfully arranged."
- Books in Canada
Here "are a dozen stories and each of them looks at a different aspect of human relationships. This is an anthology of real love: dirty, gritty, and ugly."
This anthology shows that "the very best and brightest writers in the West are here in Manitoba."
- Winnipeg Free Press
Wayne Tefs was born in Winnipeg and grew up in northwestern Ontario. He edited a number of anthologies and published nine novels and a work of non-fiction. His novel Moon Lake received the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction in 2000 and his novel Be Wolf won the 2007 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. Wayne Tefs died in 2014.