This Is Not Your City by Caitlin Horrocks

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"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.

Caitlin Horrocks lives in Michigan, by way of Ohio, Arizona, England, Finland, and the Czech Republic. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2011, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009, The Pushcart Prize XXXV, The Paris Review, Tin House, and The Southern Review. Recently, she won the $10,000 Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review. She teaches at Grand Valley State University.


 

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Caitlin Horrocks lives in Michigan, by way of Ohio, Arizona, England, Finland, and the Czech Republic. Her stories have appeared in The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009, The Pushcart Prize XXXV, The Paris Review, Tin House, and The Southern Review. Recently, she won the $10,000 Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review. She teaches at Grand Valley State University.
 
Published June 28, 2011 by Sarabande Books. 186 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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I could hurt you.” Still in day care, he’s already exhibiting this most Horrocksian trait, “excitement at the capacity for harm.” Enlarge This Image Though diverse in style and point of view — one story takes place on a ship hijacked by Somali pirates, another featur...

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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.

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New York Journal of Books

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In Tunis, the parents of a daughter whose wedding featured a flock of ice sculptures: not only swans, but cranes, herons, osprey.”Here to this affecting family tragedy and to the poignant idea of daily writing post cards to a child who will never be able to read them, Mr. Horrocks chooses to add ...

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Star Tribune

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A refreshingly inventive gathering of stories set in the Midwest and worldwide, centering on the consequences of women's often-difficult choices.

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Bookmarks Magazine

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 ...

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ForeWord Reviews

With this, Caitlin Horrocks’s debut offering of stories takes off in a blaze of promise and hope, full of startling clarity and writing that pulls the reader further and further into the book like a master weaver spinning her yarn taut and smooth.

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The Kenyon Review

In “Embodied,” the reincarnated narrator watches her husband struggling in the wake of the death of their baby, whose soul she couldn’t forgive for wronging her in a past life: “I can’t tell him that I’ve hurt him in a novel, freakish way, a way I never hurt anybody in 5,000 years, and that I’m f...

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