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Winner of the PENHemingway Award for Debut FictionBarnes Noble 2014 Discover Great New Writers Selection, Third Place The stories in Elegy on Kinderklavier explore the profound loss and intricate effects of war on lives that have been suddenly misaligned. A diplomat navigates a hostile political climate and an arranged marriage in an Israeli settlement on a newly discovered planet a small town in Kansas shuns the army recruiter who signed up its boys as troops are deployed to Iraq, falling in helicopters and on grenades a family dissolves around mental illness and a childs body overtaken by cancer. The moment a soldier steps on an explosive device is painfully reproduced, nanosecond by nanosecond. Arna Bontemps Hemenways stories feel pulled out of time and place, and the suffering of his characters seem at once otherworldly and stunningly familiar.



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Arna Bontemps Hemenway

Arna Bontemps Hemenway is the author of Elegy on Kinderklavier (Sarabande 2014), which was named a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick for Summer 2014. His fiction has appeared in A Public Space, Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, FiveChapters, The Missouri Review, The Seattle Review, Meridian Literary Review, Bat City Review, They Magazine, and Epilogue Magazine , and has been named an Other Notable Story of the Year in both the Best American Short Stories and Best American Nonrequired Reading Anthologies. He's been the recipient of scholarships or fellowships in fiction writing from the Truman Capote Literary Trust, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Taos Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He received a B.A. from the University of Iowa, a Certificate in Modern Hebrew from the University of Haifa, Israel, and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is an Assistant Professor of English in Creative Writing at Baylor University.Hemenway lives in Waco, Texas, with his wife, Marissa, daughter, Bluma, and son, Maccabee. He enjoys reading, writing, sports, exercise, video games, and cake.



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