Red Ant House

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Harper Perennial
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5.54 X 8.4 X 0.51 inches | 0.43 pounds

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About the Author

Ann Cummins is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Arizona writing programs. She is the author of Red Ant House, a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and Best Book of the Year. She has had her stories published in The New Yorker, McSweeney's, Quarterly West, and the Sonora Review, among other publications, as well as The Best American Short Stories 2002. The recipient of a Lannan fellowship, she divides her time between Oakland, California, where she lives with her husband, and Flagstaff, Arizona, where she teaches creative writing at Northern Arizona University.


"Cummins writes deep, from the gut - a refreshing change from all the brainy brawn out there." Elle

"Strong if uneven: the emerging voice of a new talent to watch." Kirkus Reviews

"Cummins will deservedly gain more appreciative fans with this finely wrought collection." Booklist, ALA

"Holds so many moments ripe with emotion that it is almost an injustice to read straight through." Baltimore City Paper

"Cummins' writing is both gritty and polished...This debut collection is haunting, and leaves the reader wanting more." The Seattle Times

"Overall these stories emanate suspense, inspiring page-turning tension that nudges the reader from one tale to the next." The Washington Times

"Brilliantly imagined prose that boasts surprises like small electric shocks." The San Francisco Chronicle

"Cummins' stories give a similarly illicit kick of fleeting yet indelible intimacy" Los Angeles Times

"Cummins speaks through [her characters] instead so we hear their woe loud and clear." Entertainment Weekly

"[Cummins'] dark, offbeat style and ability to make the reader uncomfortable are on full display...Clever and entertaining experiments." Publishers Weekly

"Cummins gives us snapshots of intense characters who are propelled by untamed forces within themselves." The Arizona Daily Sun

"Fine, funky stories by a young author duly praised by heavyweights Dave Eggers and John Barth." Boston Phoenix --