Animal Crackers

★ Finalist for PEN/Hemingway Award
★ Barnes & Noble Discover Pick
★ Amazon Breakout Book

“It is a joy to encounter a new short story writer with the bite and sparkling freshness of Hannah Tinti.”
LA Times

“Tinti boldly parses primal emotions in her stealthy short stories, which, like cats’ paws, conceal weapons of great precision…[her] fables are dark and wily, grim yet morbidly fascinating exposures of both our animal selves and our uniquely human psychoses.”—Booklist

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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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    • Runner-up for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award.
    • Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick for summer 2004.
    • Finalist, Bookspan’s Best New Voice award.
    • Book of the Month Club and Quality Paperback Book Club selection.
    • Borders Original Voices Selection.
    • Breakout Book, Spring 2004.
    • Best American Mystery Stories 2003.
    • Rights to Animal Crackers have been sold in sixteen countries.