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Publisher Comments:

How can a first book arrive with such advanced understanding of all the beautiful and sometimes shaded echelons of hope in which we live our lives? Caitlin Horrocks is a stunning writer and these stories mark a brilliant debut. She knows language and she knows people and I am grateful for this book.--Ron Carlson

Eleven women confront dramas both everyday and outlandish in Caitlin Horrocks' This Is Not Your City. In stories as darkly comic as they are unflinching, people isolated by geography, emotion, or circumstance cut imperfect paths to peace--they have no other choice. A Russian mail-order bride in Finland is rendered silent by her dislocation and loss of language, the mother of a severely disabled boy writes him postcards he'll never read on a cruise ship held hostage by pirates, and an Iowa actuary wanders among the reincarnations of those she's known in her 127 lives. Horrocks' women find no simple escapes, and their acts of faith and acts of imagination in making do are as shrewd as they are surprising.

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"Plimpton Prize — winner Horrocks effortlessly navigates the comedy and bewilderment of being middle class without an ounce of condescension, martyrdom, or sensationalism. In 'Going to Estonia,' a daughter of Lapland reindeer farmers escapes her fruitless future by attending university in southern Finland, while the American couple on a restorative vacation away from their handicapped son in 'In the Gulf of Aden, Past the Cape of Guardafui' is held hostage by a crew of Somali pirates and forced to face their true feelings about the future. In 'At the Zoo,' as a mother ponders her tenuous relationship to her father and his to her young son while on an afternoon outing to the zoo, Horrocks inhabits the child, mother, and grandfather with an even hand, rounding out each character's fears and desires. Describing the blue-collar grandfather, she writes, 'He is proud to not be vain, although he knows that is its own kind of vanity,' and the boy has a terrible realization: 'He'd begged for the zoo, and the zoo is a terrible place.' It's a standout story in a stellar collection, the perfect example of Horrocks's ability to create an authentic and thoughtful narrative of honesty and hurt and hope. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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In 11 darkly comic stories, women isolated by geography, emotion, or circumstance cut imperfect paths to peace.

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Best Books of 2011, San Francisco Chronicle

The Millions' A Year in Reading pick

Eleven women confront dramas both everyday and outlandish in Caitlin Horrocks' This Is Not Your City. In stories as darkly comic as they are unflinching, people isolated by geography, emotion, or circumstance cut imperfect paths to peace—they have no other choice. A Russian mail-order bride in Finland is rendered silent by her dislocation and loss of language, the mother of a severely disabled boy writes him postcards he'll never read on a cruise ship held hostage by pirates, and an Iowa actuary wanders among the reincarnations of those she's known in her 127 lives. Horrocks' women find no simple escapes, and their acts of faith and acts of imagination in making do are as shrewd as they are surprising.

About the Author

Caitlin Horrocks lives in Michigan, by way of Ohio, Arizona, England, Finland, and the Czech Republic. Her stories and essays have appeared in The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009, The Paris Review, Tin House, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Epoch, and other journals. Her work has been short-listed in Best American Short Stories and has won awards from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences and The Atlantic Monthly. She was formerly the 2006-2007 Theresa A. Wilhoit Fellow at Arizona State University and the prose editor of Haydens Ferry Review. Things she loves that have shown up in her fiction: reality television, zoos, otters, snow, sleep. Things that havent (yet): bread, koalas, hockey, West Michigan beer, and Bananagrams. Currently, she is an assistant professor of writing at Grand Valley State University and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781932511918
Author:
Horrocks, Caitlin
Publisher:
Sarabande Books
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Plimpton Prize — winner Horrocks effortlessly navigates the comedy and bewilderment of being middle class without an ounce of condescension, martyrdom, or sensationalism. In 'Going to Estonia,' a daughter of Lapland reindeer farmers escapes her fruitless future by attending university in southern Finland, while the American couple on a restorative vacation away from their handicapped son in 'In the Gulf of Aden, Past the Cape of Guardafui' is held hostage by a crew of Somali pirates and forced to face their true feelings about the future. In 'At the Zoo,' as a mother ponders her tenuous relationship to her father and his to her young son while on an afternoon outing to the zoo, Horrocks inhabits the child, mother, and grandfather with an even hand, rounding out each character's fears and desires. Describing the blue-collar grandfather, she writes, 'He is proud to not be vain, although he knows that is its own kind of vanity,' and the boy has a terrible realization: 'He'd begged for the zoo, and the zoo is a terrible place.' It's a standout story in a stellar collection, the perfect example of Horrocks's ability to create an authentic and thoughtful narrative of honesty and hurt and hope. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
In 11 darkly comic stories, women isolated by geography, emotion, or circumstance cut imperfect paths to peace.

"Synopsis" by ,
Best Books of 2011, San Francisco Chronicle

The Millions' A Year in Reading pick

Eleven women confront dramas both everyday and outlandish in Caitlin Horrocks' This Is Not Your City. In stories as darkly comic as they are unflinching, people isolated by geography, emotion, or circumstance cut imperfect paths to peace—they have no other choice. A Russian mail-order bride in Finland is rendered silent by her dislocation and loss of language, the mother of a severely disabled boy writes him postcards he'll never read on a cruise ship held hostage by pirates, and an Iowa actuary wanders among the reincarnations of those she's known in her 127 lives. Horrocks' women find no simple escapes, and their acts of faith and acts of imagination in making do are as shrewd as they are surprising.

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