This Is Not Your City

This Is Not Your City


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Eleven women confront dramas both everyday and outlandish in Caitlin Horrocks' This Is Not Your City. In stories as darkly comic as they are unflinching, people isolated by geography, emotion, or circumstance cut imperfect paths to peace—they have no other choice. A Russian mail-order bride in Finland is rendered silent by her dislocation and loss of language, the mother of a severely disabled boy writes him postcards he'll never read on a cruise ship held hostage by pirates, and an Iowa actuary wanders among the reincarnations of those she's known in her 127 lives. Horrocks' women find no simple escapes, and their acts of faith and acts of imagination in making do are as shrewd as they are surprising.

Title:This Is Not Your City
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  • Lisa

    Caitlin Horrocks is an imaginative and talented writer. She writes about women, mostly unhappy, who face a variety of fascinating predicaments. All the elements are here to create an amazing collectio...

  • Suzanne

    4**** and some more. Can I get a ½ star over here, please. A big thank you to my friend Laura, whose rating led me to this. This Is Not Your City is a collection of eleven stories about girls and wom...

  • Ethel Rohan

    loved Caitlin Horrock’s debut story collection, This is Not Your City. It’s an outstanding story collection written with great beauty, skill and compassion that I’ll return to again and again i...

  • Ben Loory

    I love that feeling when you start a book and get a few sentences in and then the thought hits you: "Oh, this one's for real!" Caitlin Horrocks is for real. The flow of these sentences is wonderful, a...

  • Matt

    This is a pretty remarkable collection of stories, and one that I think will have some pretty wide appeal.The stories themselves are of a traditional sort, and here that mostly means that they are gea...

  • Larry H

    What a breathtaking short story collection Caitlin Horrocks has created. The 11 stories in This is Not Your City all have female protagonists, and each is facing some type of struggle, whether it's de...

  • Kerri

    I’m not sure how to bring this whole collection together in a review except to say the stories are all superbly written and enormously entertaining. Horrocks’ humor comes through in just the right...

  • Sheryl Sorrentino

    I'm not a big fan of short stories, but these are all really good. They are the perfect length, for one thing. For another, they manage to draw the reader in immediately and unfold delectably from the...

  • Lindsey

    Shades of Munro & Moore. There is no story in this collection that doesn't thrill me. Midway through, I had a small tantrum, rolling around on the bed, over the fact that every finished story brought ...

  • Kathy

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