Red Ant House: Stories

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HMH, Apr 7, 2003 - Fiction - 192 pages
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Hypnotic short stories of life in the Southwest that “emanate suspense, inspiring page-turning tension” (The Washington Times).
A young woman is pushed, quite literally, to the edge on a desolate mountain pass. An orphaned brother and sister try to patch together an existence one stitch at a time. A cop suspects his kleptomaniac wife is stealing from other people—materially and emotionally. A girl waits to meet the sexual predator who has been calling her. A wily roadside hypnotist seems to possess a power both wonderful and strange.
Set amid Indian reservations, uranium mills, and other locations across the American Southwest, these twelve stories by the author of Yellowcake—chosen as one of the best books of the year by Kirkus Reviews—create a kaleidoscopic view of family, myth, love, landscape, and loss in a place where infinite skies and endless roads suggest a world of possibility, yet dreams are deceiving, like an oasis, just beyond reach. 

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Twelve despairing stories set in a sun-bleached—and bleached-out—Southwest.In the title piece, young Leigh's friendship with the pathetic new kid on the block culminates when they expose themselves ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Ann Cummins is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Arizona writing programs. She is the author of Red Ant House, a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and Best Book of the Year. She has had her stories published in the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Quarterly West, and the Sonora Review, among other publications, as well as The Best American Short Stories 2002. The recipient of a Lannan fellowship, she divides her time between Oakland, California, where she lives with her husband, and Flagstaff, Arizona, where she teaches creative writing at Northern Arizona University.

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