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Publisher Comments:

Big Cats opens with "Charlotte," in which a young girl with a broken pelvis spies on her voluptuous neighbor during a long, hot summer night, setting the tone of irrepressible curiosity and yearning that is evident throughout the collection. In "Get Away from Me, David," a bank manager tries to overcome his haunted past as he deals with the aftermath of a minor earthquake and the body of a customer who died in the lobby. "Big Cats" pits two teenage girls against each other in an escalating catfight at the zoo where they work, culminating in a blowout in front of the lion cage.

Review:

"In the title story of this lively, honest debut collection set in California and Oregon, two 14-year-old girls, concessions workers at a zoo, get into a fistfight outside the lions' cage. The girls aren't 'big' cats yet, but they're trying, and Reinhorn captures their adolescent ebullience and sexual bravado. The adults in the remaining stories are often profoundly lonely — hungering for connection, they take or conjure it where they can. The Vietnam vet and former convict narrating 'My Name' works in an old age home, where he focuses his affection on a catatonic woman who briefly wakes to call him by her son's name. In 'Fuck You,' a terse but morally complicated piece about the subtle abuse of adult power over children, a lonely pregnant woman coerces companionship from an adolescent Little Leaguer. In 'Get Away from Me, David,' Reinhorn vividly evokes an alcoholic bank manager's precariousness: barely holding up under daily stresses, including an earthquake and a dead customer, he hallucinates his dead wife and contemplates a bottle of Dayquil 'while the world is murmuring alternatives.' These tight and uncontrived stories bring authentic characters to vivid life. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Holiday Reinhorn is among the very best of a new generation of short story writers. Her work grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go: tough, deep, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Big Cats is the work of a major talent." Dan Chaon, author of the National Book Award fiction finalist Among the Missing and You Remind Me of Me

Review:

"Holiday Reinhorn is a vivid gem who burns the page every time she touches it. What humor, what pathos, what U.S.A. madness, gentle and vicious both. Ray Carver and Denis Johnson meet: as a woman!" Barry Hannah, author of Yonder Stands Your Orphan and Airships

Synopsis:

A sparkling collection of award-winning stories, sure to herald the arrival of a new and important voice in short fiction.

Synopsis:

Big Cats opens with "Charlotte," in which a young girl with a broken pelvis spies on her voluptuous neighbor during a long, hot summer night, setting the tone of irrepressible curiosity and yearning that is evident throughout the collection. In "Get Away from Me, David," a bank manager tries to overcome his haunted past as he deals with the aftermath of a minor earthquake and the body of a customer who died in the lobby. "Big Cats" pits two teenage girls against each other in an escalating catfight at the zoo where they work, culminating in a blowout in front of the lion cage.

About the Author

Holiday Reinhorn is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop; the recipient of a Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction and a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and a finalist for the PEN/Amazon.com Short Story Award. A nominee for both the Pushcart Prize and the anthology Best New American Voices, she lives in Van Nuys, California. Her stories have appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, Other Voices, Northwest Review, and other literary magazines.

Table of Contents

Contents

Charlotte

Get Away from Me, David

Big Cats

Golden Pioneers

Fuck You

My Name

Good to Hear You

The Heights

By the Time You Get This

Seashell

Africa

The White Dog

Last Seen

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743272940
Author:
Reinhorn, Holiday
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Pacific Coast (U.S.)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B202
Publication Date:
June 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
rough front; french flaps
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.62 in 9.065 oz

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Product details 224 pages Free Press - English 9780743272940 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the title story of this lively, honest debut collection set in California and Oregon, two 14-year-old girls, concessions workers at a zoo, get into a fistfight outside the lions' cage. The girls aren't 'big' cats yet, but they're trying, and Reinhorn captures their adolescent ebullience and sexual bravado. The adults in the remaining stories are often profoundly lonely — hungering for connection, they take or conjure it where they can. The Vietnam vet and former convict narrating 'My Name' works in an old age home, where he focuses his affection on a catatonic woman who briefly wakes to call him by her son's name. In 'Fuck You,' a terse but morally complicated piece about the subtle abuse of adult power over children, a lonely pregnant woman coerces companionship from an adolescent Little Leaguer. In 'Get Away from Me, David,' Reinhorn vividly evokes an alcoholic bank manager's precariousness: barely holding up under daily stresses, including an earthquake and a dead customer, he hallucinates his dead wife and contemplates a bottle of Dayquil 'while the world is murmuring alternatives.' These tight and uncontrived stories bring authentic characters to vivid life. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Holiday Reinhorn is among the very best of a new generation of short story writers. Her work grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go: tough, deep, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Big Cats is the work of a major talent." Dan Chaon, author of the National Book Award fiction finalist Among the Missing and You Remind Me of Me
"Review" by , "Holiday Reinhorn is a vivid gem who burns the page every time she touches it. What humor, what pathos, what U.S.A. madness, gentle and vicious both. Ray Carver and Denis Johnson meet: as a woman!"
"Synopsis" by , A sparkling collection of award-winning stories, sure to herald the arrival of a new and important voice in short fiction.
"Synopsis" by , Big Cats opens with "Charlotte," in which a young girl with a broken pelvis spies on her voluptuous neighbor during a long, hot summer night, setting the tone of irrepressible curiosity and yearning that is evident throughout the collection. In "Get Away from Me, David," a bank manager tries to overcome his haunted past as he deals with the aftermath of a minor earthquake and the body of a customer who died in the lobby. "Big Cats" pits two teenage girls against each other in an escalating catfight at the zoo where they work, culminating in a blowout in front of the lion cage.
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