Elegy on Kinderklavier

Elegy on Kinderklavier

by Arna Bontemps Hemenway


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936747764
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Series: Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the 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.

Table of Contents

The Fugue
The Half Moon Martyrs’ Brigade of New Jerusalem, Kansas
The I.E.D.
A Life
In the Mosque of Imam Alwani
The Territory of Grief
Elegy on Kinderklavier

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