Animal Crackers by Hannah Tinti

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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.

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About Hannah Tinti

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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.
Published December 18, 2007 by Delta. 210 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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“Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus” comes as a refreshing finale: the heroine, abandoned by her father but followed by his hired detectives, escapes into the African jungle, becomes an explorer of mythic proportions, and has a monkey named after her.

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Book Reporter

"Everyone who works with animals has a mark somewhere," observes an elephant keeper in the title story of Hannah Tinti's debut short story collection, ANIMAL CRACKERS.

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The stories in Hannah Tinti's debut anthology Animal Crackers all feature animals, usually as symbols and narrative substitutes: A husband who viciously beats his unfaithful wife is associated with man-eating wild beasts, or zoo denizens who unexpectedly turn on their keepers;

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Entertainment Weekly

In her marvelously strange debut, Tinti welcomes her reader into a world in which zoo animals stage protests, rabbits fly from third-story windows wearing capes, and stuffed black bears stalk the museum muralist.

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The Independent

Animal lovers, stop reading now: unpleasant things happen to the furry and the feathered in this debut short story collection.

Mar 28 2004 | Read Full Review of Animal Crackers

Bookmarks Magazine

The eleven stories in this debut collection deal with a topic that modern (and urban) life tends to obscure from our minds: the links between people and animals.

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