This is Not Your City: Stories

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Sarabande Books, 2011 - Fiction - 169 pages
21 Reviews
Best Books of 2011, San Francisco Chronicle
The Millions' A Year in Reading pick

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.


  

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Review: This Is Not Your City

User Review  - Morgan - Goodreads

The first short story really got me hooked, but it wasn't until the 4th story that I really got interested again. At times it felt like there was a real disconnect between the writer and the characters, and I couldn't believe their stories. Read full review

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User Review  - Penn Chapman - Goodreads

Not to be confused with the OTHER collection of stories with an empty snow globe on the front... Loved this, especially "At the Zoo." Read full review

Contents

Zolaria
3
It Looks Like This
15
Going to Estonia
31
Zero Conditional
47
World Champion Cow of the Insane
59
Steal Small
73
Embodied
91
At the Zoo
107
The Lion Gate
121
This Is Not Your City
137
In the Gulf of Aden Past the Cape of Guardafui
155
Acknowledgments
171
Caitlin Horrocks
173
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About the author (2011)

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.

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