Item description for Horse Thief and Other Stories by Anna Balint...
Horse Thief is an exciting debut collection of stories by a writer who has published widely in independent magazines and has built up a loyal audience through her readings and poetry chapbooks. Here is a truly trans-Atlantic multi-cultural book with stories located in London and the Pacific Northwest, tales about Roma Gypsy, Native Americans, Iranians and other -immigrants-working-class people struggling to find their way in urban society. Anna Balint embraces diversity of character and viewpoint and gives us a wide range of voices in skillfully woven tales laced with courage and humor. We encounter such people as two young women selling central heating door to door in London, an Iranian immigrant selling used cars in Berkeley and a young Native American girl in a foster home visiting with her birth mother. In each case, the situation breaks open into something more than the purely personal, into something moral or political. Eight of the 13 stories feature the same protagonists-Maria, Ruthie and Annie-at different points in their lives, and explore the ways in which girls and women grow into themselves, sometimes nurturing others as well as themselves, sometimes not being able to, or allowed to, nurture themselves at all. Characters in other stories intersect with one of these three in either direct or subtle ways. From either side of the Atlantic, Horse Thief is about being alive and developing survival skills in the face of adversity.
Anna Balint's stories and poems have appeared in numerous journals. She lives in Seattle, where she teaches creative writing.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher Curbstone Press
ISBN 1931896100 ISBN13 9781931896108
Availability 0 units.
More About Anna Balint
Anna Balint has published in numerous magazines, including CALYX and Raven Chronicles. Author of two small press chapbooks, she teaches creative writing in Seattle.
Reviews - What do customers think about Horse Thief and Other Stories?
A Collection of Lives, A Collection of Voices Sep 22, 2004
Through Anna's book you will come to know many vibrant characters whose lives intersect across time, culture, and continents. You'll meet Ruthie, Maria, Sly, Faramez, Zsuzsa, Consuelo, and of course Annie. Ms. Balint brings the lives of Gypsies, Mexican-Americans, African-American Jews, Native Americans, and British together through stories that are inspiring, thought-provoking, funny, and full of pathos.
One story that stands out for me is Wonderbread and Spam. That title alone intrigued me. Ms. Balint is full of the kind of wit that sticks its tongue out at you and says, "See, I made you laugh, didn't I?". At the same time she takes you along as people deal with the struggles of their lives: a dying son, domestic abuse, old age, buying a car.