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 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.
About the Author
Hannah Tinti s work has been published in Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, Story Quarterly, Sonora Review and is forthcoming in Epoch. She earned her M.A. from New York University's Graduate Creative Writing Program and has received residency fellowships from the Blue Mountain Center and Hedgebrook. Hannah Tinti s first book, a story collection called ANIMAL CRACKERS, was published by Dial Press in March 2004 and quickly went into a second printing. It was a runner up for the 2005 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. One of the stories ( Home Sweet Home ) appeared in BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2003.
Laural began working in regional theater as an actor at the age of 17. She has done over 20 years of stage work, and 16 years of audio book narration, having narrated over 100 titles in all genres. In addition, Laural has directed well over 100 audio titles, providing expertise on both sides of the microphone. In acknowledgement for years of excellence at her craft, Laural has received AudioFile's 'Earphones Award' many times over.