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THE LAST ANIMAL

by Abby Geni

Verlegt von Counterpoint (2013-10-15)

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Abby Geni’s The Last Animal is a vibrant collection of stories from a young writer of surprising feeling and depth. Stories can be tough but you’ll find Abby nimble in her storytelling, as she shapes inventive tales about people who use the boundary between the human and the natural world to contend with their modern challenges in love, loss, and family life. It may remind you of Among the Missing by Dan Chaon and Animal Crackers by Hannah Tinti.

A little about the stories: “Dharma at the Gate” features the tempest of young love as a teenaged girl must choose between man’s best friend, her damaged boyfriend, and a beckoning future; “Captivity” follows an octopus handler at an aquarium still haunted by the disappearance of her brother years ago; “The Girls of Apache Bryn Mawr” details a group of Jewish girls at a summer camp whose favorite counselor goes missing under suspicious circumstances; “Terror Birds” tracks the dissolution of a marriage set against an ostrich farm in the sweltering Arizona desert; “In the Spirit Room” a scientist confronts the heartbreaking loss of a parent from Alzheimer’s while living in the natural history museum where they both worked; and in “Fire Blight” a father grieving over his wife’s recent miscarriage finds an outlet for comfort in their backyard garden.

Abby is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the recipient of an Iowa Fellowship. “Captivity” won first place in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and was listed as a Notable Story in 2010 Best American Short Stories; it was also selected for inclusion in New Stories from the Midwest, published by Ohio University Press. “Dharma at the Gate” has recently been published in Glimmer Train. “Landscaping” has been published in Confrontation and “Terror Birds” has been published by the Indiana Review. “Silence” won first place in the Chautauqua Contest and was published by that literary journal. “Fire Blight” will be published by Fourth River and “The Girls of Apache Bryn Mawr” has just been published by Camera Obscura. Her stories have also received Honorable Mentions in the Kate Baverman Short Story Prize and in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Competition.

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An entrancing collection, recommended even for those who generally shy...

An entrancing collection, recommended even for those who generally shy away from short story.

Review: Kirkus Reviews

First Fiction 2013: A Natural Storyteller - Abby Geni

First Fiction 2013: A Natural Storyteller - Abby Geni

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/profiles/article/58121-first-fiction-2013-a-natural-storyteller-abby-geni.html

Review: Publishers Weekly

Abby Geni’s The Last Animal is a finalist for the...

Abby Geni’s The Last Animal is a finalist for the 8th annual Orion Book Award. it is a big deal for the lovely author in the US – to be in the company of fiction nominees Rick Bass and Margaret Atwood.

www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/article/8042/

Quote: Nominated for Orion Award

All ten stories here are wonderfully written, with precise language...

All ten stories here are wonderfully written, with precise language and a true compassion for the hardships of the characters. Highly recommended; readers will eagerly anticipate Geni’s first novel.

Review: Library Journal (starred review)

Geni’s first book puts us on notice. Here is a...

Geni’s first book puts us on notice. Here is a fiction writer who perceives the many forms of consciousness at work on the planet.

Review: Booklist

Abby Geni’s worlds exist at the boundary between desolation and...

Abby Geni’s worlds exist at the boundary between desolation and abundance, civilization and nature, love and loneliness. It is as if everything and everyone in these beautiful stories is at least half wild.

Quote: Ramona Ausubel, A Guide to Being Born

It's rare to find a single story that's both highly...

It's rare to find a single story that's both highly imaginative while also unflinchingly earnest, thrilling while also deeply moving and wise. With The Last Animal we get ten stories that fulfill this ambitious criteria, and an amazing collection that ann

Quote: Alan Heathcock, Volt

Abby Geni's THE LAST ANIMAL is the Winner of the...

Abby Geni's THE LAST ANIMAL is the Winner of the Friends of American Writers Literary Award

Quote: Friends of American Writers Literary Award