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Elegy on Kinderklavier

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UPC: 9781936747764
Author: Arna Bontemps Hemenway
  • Series: Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936747766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936747764
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches

Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction
Barnes & Noble 2014 Discover Great New Writers Selection, Third Place

The stories in Elegy on Kinderklavier explore the profound loss and intricate effects of war on lives that have been suddenly misaligned. A diplomat navigates a hostile political climate and an arranged marriage in an Israeli settlement on a newly discovered planet; a small town in Kansas shuns the army recruiter who signed up its boys as troops are deployed to Iraq, falling in helicopters and on grenades; a family dissolves around mental illness and a child's body overtaken by cancer. The moment a soldier steps on an explosive device is painfully reproduced, nanosecond by nanosecond. Arna Bontemps Hemenway's stories feel pulled out of time and place, and the suffering of his characters seem at once otherworldly and stunningly familiar. Elegy on Kinderklavier is a disquieting exploration of what it is to lose and be lost.

Reviews

"In this impressive debut short story collection, Hemenway shows a depth of emotion and intensity that carries the reader from start to finish. These haunting stories deserve a wide audience."

Library Journal, starred review

"Death is an imminent, lurking presence in this debut collection of seven stories, which explore the confluence of fate and circumstance that places men in situations of anguish and despair."
Publishers Weekly

"In this impressive debut short story collection, Hemenway shows a depth of emotion and intensity that carries the reader from start to finish. These haunting stories deserve a wide audience."
Library Journal, starred review

"Death is an imminent, lurking presence in this debut collection of seven stories, which explore the confluence of fate and circumstance that places men in situations of anguish and despair."
Publishers Weekly

Author

Arna Bontemps Hemenway holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Truman Capote Literary Trust. He teaches at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.