This Is Not Your City

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Author(s): Caitlin Horrocks
Original Publish Date: Jun 28, 2011
Product Number: EB00653606
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781936747252
Publisher: Sarabande Books
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Description

Eleven women confront the everyday, outlandish, and unnerving in a "startlingly ingenious" collection of stories (The Boston Globe). From the American Midwest to Finland to the coast of Africa, Caitlin Horrocks "deploys love and humor as convincingly as dread" as she explores the dilemmas of wives, mothers, daughters, lovers, and strangers who cut imperfect paths to peace and escape. In personal worlds gone awry, they have no other choice (The New York Times). A Russian mail-order bride is rendered silent by her dislocation and loss of language; a subversively sadistic biology teacher takes advantage of pupil's unease; on a cruise ship held hostage by Somali pirates, the mother of a severely disabled boy writes him postcards he'll never read; crime and conscience collide for a professional dog-napper heartened by her lovable new catch; a girl is plagued by unforgiving memories of a cruel game she played on a classmate years ago; and an Iowa actuary wanders among the reincarnations of those she's known in her 127 lives. In this "achingly observant and witty" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), San Francisco Chronicle Best Book Pick, Caitlin Horrocks delivers "refreshing takes on old themes: childhood meanness, the effects of devastating illness, the desire for a better life, misunderstandings between parents and their children, [and] looking for love in all the wrong places" (Minneapolis Star-Tribune).

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