Among Animals

The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction

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Release date: February 2014
Price: $15.95
Pages: 222
Binding: 5.25 x 8 x .67
ISBN: 978-1-61822-025-7
"Any animal lover or connoisseur of high-quality fiction will appreciate this collection and the artistry of its contributors."
Booklist
"Very fine literary fiction."
The Chattahoochee Review
"The beauty of the book lies in the different voices of the veteran short story writers and the variety of animals who come alive in each story."
Our Hen House

Stories that affirm the indelible bond among humans and animals

The relationships among human and non-human animals go back to the beginning of time—and the ways in which these relationships have evolved (and sometimes not) is the inspiration for this collection of contemporary short fiction, penned by writers from across the globe.

This diverse collection of stories explores the ways in which we live among—and often in conflict with—our non-human counterparts. These stories feature animals from the familiar (dogs and cats) to the exotic (elands and emus), and in these stories animals are both the rescuers and the rescued. Within these pages are glimpses of the world through the eyes of a zookeeper, a shelter worker, a penguin researcher, and a neighborhood stray, among many others—all highlighting the ways in which animals and humans understand and challenge one another.

Among Animals is a dynamic collection of stories from the world’s most gifted contemporary authors—those who pay close attention to the creatures with whom we share our planet, and who inspire us to pay closer attention as well.

Stories & Contributors

Title Author
Alas, Falada!Diane Lefer
GreyhoundJean Ryan
Beyond the StrandlineMary Akers
MeatC.S. Malerich
Aren’t You Pretty?Patrick Hicks
The Ecstatic CryMidge Raymond
LitterPhilip Armstrong
The Boto’s ChildRosalie Loewen
EmuJessica Zbeida
With SheepCarol Guess and Kelly Magee
PelicansJulian Hoffman
The Weight of Things UnsaidSara Dupree
Blue MurderSuzanne Kamata
Bad Berry SeasonMelodie Edwards
Miriam’s LanternRay Keifetz

"Whether whimsical, sorrowful, or simply satisfying, the tales Yunker has brought together ask us to pay attention to not only our actions toward animals but also the emotions that motivate our behavior. Any animal lover or connoisseur of high-quality fiction will appreciate this collection and the artistry of its contributors."
Booklist
"The beauty of the book lies in the different voices of the veteran short story writers and the variety of animals who come alive in each story...each one is dynamic and interesting. And with the wide diversity of voices, writing styles, and animals, there is something for everyone in this anthology."
Our Hen House
"A deeply introspective look at the role of animals in society...I cannot recommend this collection highly enough."
Book Chatter
"It is a rare thing for an anthology of original work written by various contributors to be at once uniquely dynamic and consistently gripping and profound. Yet Among Animals is just that. It is a collection of poignant and insightful investigation into the lives of animals, both human and non, and how each impacts the other."
Karuna for Animals
"The sixteen talented writers who have produced Among Animals have produced more artistic possibilities than limitations in the tone and mood ... very fine literary fiction."
The Chattahoochee Review
"Among Animals...is a touching and raw collection of beautifully crafted, moving short fiction stories, where human and animal lives intertwine in unexpected ways...a beautiful testament to the various human-animal relationships and interactions."
Global Animal
"The stories assembled in Among Animals provide rewarding reading–alternately moving, intriguing, inspiring and harrowing."
Animal Studies Journal
"[Among Animals] will satisfy literary longings as well as interests in nonhuman animal lives."
Animal Legal Defense Fund