In the Amber Chamber: Stories

In the Amber Chamber: Stories

by Carrie Messenger

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In the Amber Chamber is a story collection where fairy tales and speculative fiction intersect with the hard facts of eastern European history. These political fables take place in eastern Europe, Kansas, and even other planets. Its characters include Peace Corps volunteers, childless parents, Hansel and Gretel, former rural farmworkers, Dust Bowl survivors, and immigrants in Chicago. Like the work of Kelly Link and Angela Carter, In the Amber Chamber reframe our understanding of story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944467135
Publisher: Brighthorse Books
Publication date: 08/13/2018
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 759,564
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

CARRIE MESSENGER grew up in Evanston, Illinois She is a graduate of Yale University who served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1994-1996 in Straseni, Moldova. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. In addition to publishing short stories and translations, Messenger's nonfiction has appeared in Harpur Palate, Ecotone, and Barrelhouse. She is also an associate fiction editor for the literary magazine West Branch. She lives with her family in Shepherdstown, WV, and teaches at Shepherd University. In the Amber Chamber won the Brighthorse Prize for Short Fiction.

Table of Contents

In the Pines 9

Reports from the Village of C,

Near the Great Forest of Codru 30

In the Amber Chamber 46

Children in the Time of Famine:

Reports from the Village Of C. 58

Reports on the Capra Family in the Village of C 63

Children Left to be Raised by Wolves 73

The Inn of the Former Rural Farm Workers 89

The Poetess Writes Unanswered Letters 100

South 1144 112

How the Romanians Ruined Christmas 128

Children in the Time of Famine 145

The General and His Wife

Attend the Graduation of Their Grandson 151

The Transylvaniess 160

Edgewater 180

Children in the Time of Dust 203

Old Maids 210

World’s Oldest Living Musician 225

Underground Pastry 242

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