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With bravura storytelling, daring imagination, and fierce narrative control, this dazzling debut introduces that rare writer who finds humanity in our most unconventional behavior, and the humor beneath our darkest impulses.

In these ten strange, funny, and unnerving stories, animals become the litmus test of our deepest fears and longings. In the title story, an elephant keeper courts danger from his gentle charge; in "Miss Waldron's Red Colobus," a headstrong young woman in Africa is lured by the freedom of the monkeys in the trees; in "Talk Turkey," a boy has secret conversations with the turkeys on his friend's family's farm; in "Slim's Last Ride," a child plays chilling games with his pet rabbit; in "Gallus Gallus," a pompous husband projects his anger at his wife onto her prized rooster.

This fresh, inventive debut will introduce Hannah Tinti as one of the most gifted writers of her generation. Enter her world at your own risk, and you will come away bewitched.

Review:

"[A] striking debut collection....11 highly original, sometimes gorgeous stories....A redeeming generosity underlies the harsher realities in these stories..." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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"[E]very story is well wrought and cleverly crafted....[A]lmost every piece in this volume will interrupt your thoughts and invade your sleep." Library Journal

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"The clearly talented Tinti isn't afraid to take risks, but sometimes she pushes her artfulness a bit too self-consciously." Kirkus Reviews

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"Hannah Tinti is who you want around a campfire or on a long road trip. The stories in Animal Crackers will make your head spin, your skin crawl, your heart jump." Helen Ellis, author of Eating the Cheshire Cat

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"A whimsical cross between the Dr. Doolittle books and The Life of Pi. Original and funny, but also tough, touching, shocking, and enthralling." Stephen Dixon, author of Frog, Interstate, and I

About the Author

Hannah Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Story Quarterly, and Epoch, among other publications. She is currently the editor of One Story magazine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385337434
Author:
Tinti, Hannah
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Copyright:
Series Volume:
108-367
Publication Date:
March 2, 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.32x5.82x.90 in. .77 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages Dial Press - English 9780385337434 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] striking debut collection....11 highly original, sometimes gorgeous stories....A redeeming generosity underlies the harsher realities in these stories..."
"Review" by , "[E]very story is well wrought and cleverly crafted....[A]lmost every piece in this volume will interrupt your thoughts and invade your sleep."
"Review" by , "The clearly talented Tinti isn't afraid to take risks, but sometimes she pushes her artfulness a bit too self-consciously."
"Review" by , "Hannah Tinti is who you want around a campfire or on a long road trip. The stories in Animal Crackers will make your head spin, your skin crawl, your heart jump."
"Review" by , "A whimsical cross between the Dr. Doolittle books and The Life of Pi. Original and funny, but also tough, touching, shocking, and enthralling."
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