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Red Ant House

(2001)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Denis Johnson meets Flannery O'Connor in this luminous collection of short stories about the collision of cultures, genders, and generations in the American Southwest. Set mainly amid Indian reservations and uranium mills, these twelve stories create a kaleidoscopic view of family, myth, love, landscape, and loss in a place where infinite skies and endless roads suggest a world of possibility, yet dreams are deceiving, like an oasis, just beyond reach. Whether it's a young woman pushed quite literally to the edge on a desolate mountain pass, an orphaned brother and sister trying to patch together an existence one stitch at a time, a cop who suspects his kleptomaniac wife is stealing from other people - materially and emotionally - or a wily roadside hypnotist whose alleged power is both wonderful and strange, Ann Cummins's characters want to transcend the circumstances of their lives, to believe in the eventuality of change.
Again and again, Ann Cummins generates imagery of white-hot intensity and pushes the limits of both the human spirit and the short story form. Gritty, seductive, and always daring, this unforgettable collection puts forth a haunting new vision of hope and heartache in contemporary America and confirms the arrival of an important new voice.

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"I devour anything Ann Cummins does, she's as good as we have." - Dave Eggers


Used availability for Ann Cummins's Red Ant House

Hardback Editions

April 2003 : USA Hardback

Title: Red Ant House
Author(s): Ann Cummins
ISBN: 1-4177-1718-1 / 978-1-4177-1718-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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Paperback Editions

April 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Red Ant House: Stories
Author(s): Ann Cummins
ISBN: 0-618-26925-8 / 978-0-618-26925-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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Kindle Editions

April 2003 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Red Ant House: Stories
Author(s): Ann Cummins
Publisher: Mariner Books
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