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Red Ant House: Stories Paperback – April 7, 2003
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Author Cummings' stories take place in the realm of endless deserts and bleached skies, and her brilliant prose sears with the power of a relentless sun.
Cummins, who studied and now teaches creative writing at Northern Arizona University, uses this jagged terrain to create tension in her stories and evoke the desolation of its inhabitants. She renders this landscape in rough-hewn prose that bursts with short, targeted sentences and blunt declarations of brutal insights. The result is a collection of textured stories that are shorn of all unnecessary words and details: they are rangy but precise, unpredictable but seemingly ineluctable.
Several of the stories here, including "Bitterwater" and the standout "Trapeze," are about whites living on reservations, "company people" who feel like outsiders and who chafe at the wide-open boredom of the desert. They feel constantly on their guard, never at home in their own homes, and always looking beyond the horizon for a means of escape.
Theirs is an anywhere-but-here mentality. In the short "Dr.Read more ›
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A series of short stories writtin in a somewhat dark and twisted style...my kind of style. I enjoyed this book and read through it very quickly.Published on December 11, 2012 by Julie Reads Cave
12 stories, previously published in Hayden's Ferry Review (1); McSweeney's (3); The New Yorker (3); A Room of One's Own (1); Sonora Review (1). Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Geoffrey Fox
The first story in this collection, "Red Ant House" is an absolute gem. It captures the two little girls' world with starling accuracy and childlike candor. Read morePublished on May 10, 2011 by M. Daniel