“It is a joy to encounter a new short story writer with the bite and sparkling freshness of Hannah Tinti.”
In these eleven strange, funny, and unnerving stories, animals become the litmus test of our deepest fears and longings. A headstrong young woman in Africa is lured by the freedom of the monkeys in the trees in “Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus”; a boy plays chilling games with his pet rabbit in “Slim’s Last Ride”; an artist restoring dioramas in a natural history museum is haunted by a stuffed black bear in “Preservation”; a zoo worker, cautiously washing down an elephant, considers the odd, grim fragments of his co-workers lives in “Animal Crackers”. Snake or dog, cat, buffalo or turkey, the animals in Hannah Tinti’s stories hold up a disturbing mirror to the human beings around them.
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