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Author: Hannah Tinti Narrator: Laural Merlington, Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781423385288
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With bravura storytelling, daring imagination, and fierce narrative control, this dazzling debut introduces that rare writer who finds humanity in our most unconventional behavior, and the humor beneath our darkest impulses. In these strange, funny, and unnerving stories, animals become the litmus test of our deepest fears and longings. In the title story, an elephant keeper courts danger from his gentle charge; in “Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus,” a headstrong young woman in Africa is lured by the freedom of the monkeys in the trees; in “Talk Turkey,” a boy has secret conversations with the turkeys on his friend’s family’s farm; in “Slim’s Last Ride,” a child plays chilling games with his pet rabbit; in “Gallus Gallus,” a pompous husband projects his anger at his wife onto her prized rooster. This fresh, inventive debut will introduce Hannah Tinti as one of the most gifted writers of her generation. Enter her world at your own risk, and you will come away bewitched. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The vignettes show off Tintis gift for the quick study. They also establish her theme of animals as the secret sharers of humanity, the unwitting repositories of our desires and fears.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Exhibiting a range and control unusual for a young writer, in Animal Crackers Hannah Tinti offers nearly a dozen tales: sweetly macabre, adroitly surprising. You’d be crackers yourself not to indulge.”

    Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked

  • “[Tinti’s] style recalls Flannery O’Connor; the stories embedded with incidental Gothic details…[and] considerable writing skill.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Animals play the starring roles in Tinti’s striking debut collection. In eleven highly original, sometimes gorgeous stories, they are freighted with the symbolic significance of all that is peculiar, cruel, and loving in their human counterparts…At its best, Tinti’s suburban gothic recalls Joy Williams.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Hilarious…Luminous…Whimsical…An enjoyable set from a writer on the move.”


  • “Within each story is a mystical communion between animals and human beings as they struggle for equilibrium in their lives…Tinti’s stories serve up an anomalous blend of psychologically muddled and intuitive characters as sympathetic as they are flawed. These stories not only entertain, they startle, they illuminate.”

    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

  • “In this marvelously strange debut, Tinti welcomes her reader into a world in  which zoo animals stage protests, rabbits fly from third-story windows wearing capes, and stuffed black bears stalk the museum muralist…Fans of Aimee Bender’s dreamy collection The Girl in the Flammable Skirt can find a new friend in Tinti.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “The animals of Tinti’s imagination are not merely symbols but phantoms. They stalk the shadows of her characters’ worlds, conveying what it feels like to have your heart broken.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Almost every piece in this volume will interrupt your thoughts and invade your sleep.”

    Library Journal

  • “Under Tinti’s pen, the seemingly mundane is disrupted by the suddenly shocking…Animal Crackers is a gruesome yet surprisingly captivating read. Each bone-chilling plot pulls us in, leaving us unable to renounce the glimpse of our dark side that Tinti so expertly portrays.”

    Columbia Spectator

  • “Tinti boldly parses primal emotions in her stealthy short stories, which, like cats’ paws, conceal weapons of great precision…Tinti’s fables are dark and wily, grim yet morbidly fascinating exposures of both our animal selves and our uniquely human psychoses.”


  • Animal Cracker’s stories are compelling and beautifully shaped on the surface, but they reward further analysis; the more complex narratives resemble fractal patterns, with neatly crafted metaphors that repeat on several levels…A terrific debut that weighs down airy, high-concept thought pieces with animal flesh and human blood alike.”


  • “Hannah Tinti is who you want around a campfire or on a long road trip. The stories in Animal Crackers will make your head spin, your skin crawl, your heart jump.”

    Helen Ellis, author of Eating the Cheshire Cat

  • “Hannah Tinti is not just a masterly writer—though her wondrous debut certainly proves her to be that. No, what really floors you is the span, the variegation of her gifts. This book reads like a first-class greatest-hits compilation, the work of many distinct, enviable virtuosi. Animal Crackers ushers in the arrival of a giant.”

    Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and The Real McCoy

  • “These are marvelous stories. Hard-edged, big-hearted, they glitter and gleam with a rare clarity of vision. Hannah Tinti is a generous and enormously gifted writer. She will make you see the world differently.”

    Dani Shapiro, author of Family History and Slow Motion

  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A 2005 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award Honourable Mention

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About the Author

Hannah Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts. Her short story collection Animal Crackers was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her novel The Good Thief won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and an American Library Association Alex Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning literary magazine One Story.

About the Narrators

Laural Merlington is an audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit and a winner of multiple Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She has performed and directed for thirty years in theaters throughout the country. In addition to her extensive theater and voice-over work, she teaches college in her home state of Michigan.

Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash’s guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renée Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.