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  • Title: Home - Kai Maristed
    Descriptive info: .. Kai Maristed.. Home.. Works.. Biography.. email the author.. About the author.. Kai Maristed studied economics and political science at the University of Munich and MIT.. She has worked in journalism and drama in Germany, as a business consultant, as CFO of a rural hospital in Haiti, and on the faculties of Harvard, Emerson College and the Warren Wilson MFA Program.. Publications include the novels Broken Ground (2005) , Fall (1996) and Out After Dark (1993), and a collection of stories, Belong to Me (1997), along with short stories and essays in The American Scholar, Ascent, The Kenyon Review, StoryQuarterly, Zoetrope, The American Voice, The Boston Globe, and the Anchor Essays Annual.. She is a frequent reviewer for The Los Angeles Times.. Kai lives in Paris and on Cape Cod.. point de vue: paris.. kai's online notes on politics, 'culture' and other oddities, not only from paris.. Read recent book reviews by kai.. "I have read [Broken Ground] with the greatest admiration.. It seems to me extraordinary.. a significant contribution to the literature of contemporary Germany.. ".. John Coetzee.. Broken Ground.. Hardcover: 320 pages ; Shoemaker & Hoard; (October 2003); ISBN: 1593760051.. BOOKLIST Review:.. Kaethe Schalk was born out of a love affair between an American soldier turned communist sympathizer and a  ...   underbelly of a newly whole and prosperous Berlin, she is also haunted by her own history.. The prose is stupendous as Maristed's entangled layers of plot allow a look at modern Berlin through the eyes of its turbulent past.. Michael Spinella.. Copyright © American Library Association.. All rights reserved.. Fiction.. Novels.. Kaethe Schalk has married into a family of disappearing German aristocracy.. Having spent years in East Berlin, devoted, after her fashion, to an American father himself devoted to the grand socialist ideal, she faces a new life of boundless complexity.. Fall.. An uncanny representation of the horse show world.. From the amusing, stranger than fiction, glimpses of life on the circuit, to the dark side of brutal competition this book shows you the whole scene.. Out After Dark.. Part fairy tale, part murder mystery, this intriguing, deeply felt first novel about two orphans and their abusive guardian is surprisingly hard to put down.. Stories.. Belong to Me.. Her novels, Out After Dark and Fall, have already established Kai Maristed as an original voice, one of "clarity and terseness, a muscular language" (Los Angeles Times Book Review on Fall).. Now, with this splendid collection of nine stories, she displays her mastery of the shorter form.. Quick Links.. Authors Guild.. E-mail the author..

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  • Title: Works - Kai Maristed
    Descriptive info: "The prose is stupendous as Maristed's entangled layers of plot allow a look at modern Berlin through the eyes of its turbulent past.. " --Michael Spinella, Booklist.. "These are spirited, unusual stories, dark with obsession and rich in character: a pleasure to read.. " --Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever and Other Stories, winner of the National Book Award.. ".. if winning a reader's complicity is a writer's biggest obstacle, Maristed clears it with style.. -- The New York Times Book Review, Sally Eckhoff.. "The common presence of horses (blue-dappled and porcelain, randy, imaginary and fleet) links the nine stories in this haunting, sad, indelible collection.. In the eerie "Blue Horse," a kidnapped girl speaks with disarming simplicity of her  ...   between humans and horses, on sympathy between species that speaks of what is brutish and gentle in all of us.. " -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review.. Read "The Summer Sale Yearling" online at Zoetrope.. "Kai Maristed is a stunning writer: Reading her, you feel absolutely gripped.. In Fall, an unsparing glimpse of the tough, gritty world behind the glamour of the horse show, she creates characters so real that you practically hear them draw breath.. I'll be a hopelessly addicted Maristed fan forever.. " --X.. J.. Kennedy.. "This story of a brother and sister, abandoned in childhood and determined to survive in an inchoate and unfeeling world, makes fascinating reading.. The author's voice marks her as an original.. " --Ann Bernays..

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  • Title: Biography - Kai Maristed
    Descriptive info: Kai Maristed was born in Chicago, studied economics and political science in Munich and at MIT, and has worked as a broadcast journalist and playwright in Germany, as an international business consultant, and on the faculties of universities in Europe and the United States.. She is the author of three novels: Broken Ground (2003) , Fall (1996) and Out After Dark (1993) and a collection of stories, Belong to Me (1997)..  ...   Zoetrope, The American Voice, The Boston Globe, and the Anchor Essays Annual: Best of 1997.. She is a frequent book reviewer for The Los Angeles Times.. She has volunteered and served for three years as CFO with a rural hospital in Haiti, has taught at Harvard, Emerson College and is currently with the Warren Wilson MFA Program.. She lives in Paris, France and on a farm on Cape Cod, when not elsewhere..

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  • Title: Broken Ground - Kai Maristed
    Descriptive info: Amazon.. com.. " --John Coetzee.. "In Broken Ground the terrifically talented Kai Maristed weaves together the personal and the political, the romantic an the maternal, the American and the German, with such consummate skill that all her fortunate readers can do is turn her beautiful pages, and bet for more.. An elegant, intricate and deeply satisfying novel.. " --Margot Livesey.. Reading Kai Maristed s book, I kept telling myself, No, no she can t pull that off, and yet she does it magnificently, supremely.. Broken Ground is a strong, intelligent novel, with many surprising turns in store.. Peter Demetz.. --Michael Spinella, Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association.. Kaethe Shalk has married into  ...   exuberance of the West.. Kaethe's journey from America to the broken ground of contemporary Germany becomes an act of recovery: of lives intertwined by politics and passion, of memory and the invented self and of Kaethe's search for a daughter lost to her, now grown and living in uncompromising isolation from her mother's past and present somewhere in vast, resurgent Berlin.. The art of this novel shines in every line of its prose.. Kai Maristed's Broken Ground tells a layered story of life's discord and counterpoint, set against a background of ruin and renewal.. This is a novel of mesmerizing power, of family, betrayal, and Berlin past and present.. --from the publisher..

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  • Title: Fall - Kai Maristed
    Descriptive info: This new novel by the P.. E.. N.. -Hemingway Prize finalist focuses on Erica, a horse trainer, and Lex, the supervisor of security at the stable, with whom Erica becomes intertwined.. When someone starts maiming and killing the highly-insured show horses, Erica and Lex come to new understandings of life in the shadowy stables, behind the bright lights.. Both the one-word title and the premise-that someone is killing horses in the high-stakes world of top-level horse showing-could have come from Dick Francis, but the supple language and sociological insights of Maristed's intriguing second novel (after the acclaimed Out After Dark, 1993) are very much her own.. Fortyish and down on his luck, Lex Healey stumbles into both love and trouble when he takes a job as a security supervisor on the "A" horse-riding circuit.. Valuable jumpers and equitation mounts are being killed.. The horses of Erica Hablicht, the gutsy trainer whom Lex has fallen for, seem bound to be the next victims-and if they're not, Erica may be the next suspect.. This plot may be familiar, and perhaps a bit tepid, but Maristed's characters are as robust as real life, from the anxiety-ridden junior hopeful to the alcoholic horse-show mother.. Her insider's perspective is impressive as she compassionately describes the dramatic horse-show scene and the people who, out of love, habit, greed and desperation, make  ...   the paddock).. A security man who bumbles more than he protects, Lex has a fling going with the trainer everyone loves to hate, Erica Hablicht, an outsider whose riders have a habit of triumphing against established favorites.. It's unclear whether Erica shares Lex's dizzy lovesickness, but she certainly doesn't let her reservations show when they're boffing, which is often.. Minor characters--Hispanic grooms, slimy insurance investigators, loudmouth WASP parents, and unscrupulous trainers- -nip around the edges of the plot, but the one Maristed focuses on- -to the tale's detriment--is Ruth Pryor, a former rider crippled in an auto accident.. Like a paralyzed Nancy Drew, Ruth motors around the shows in her golf cart, determined both to solve the mystery of several suspicious horse deaths and to learn the identity of the man who crippled her.. She emerges as a tragic figure, but her story can't compete with Lex and Erica's more straightforward struggle.. Lex is playing detective, too, but his talentless fumblings are clouded by Maristed's tendency to spend more time displaying her vast knowledge of what show jumping is about than in sticking to the mystery.. A well-told and sinuously written story, full of flashes of brilliance.. But, unfortunately, it deals with such a small sporting universe that it runs the risk of eluding the notice it deserves.. Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP.. All rights reserved..

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  • Title: Out After Dark - Kai Maristed
    Descriptive info: "A taut, bizarre, and lovely book you will enjoy a long time after you've read it.. --Andre Dubus.. "Stunning first novel, a unique and dark tale.. Probably the most stunning thing about this book is that it is said to be pseudo-autobiographical.. I could not put this book down, I had to know what happened to Con and Lordie.. From Europe, to Chicago, to Boston you will follow the lives of these children with the obsessive desire to discover what's around the next corner!".. --Amazon.. In 1962, Con and her baby brother Lordie are vacationing in the mountains of Germany with their parents, who go off to gather mushrooms and fall to their deaths.. Blurred memories follow, of the childrens' awful experiences: time in a German orphanage; eventual adoption by their hippie-like Aunt Cherry; wanderings through Europe and the States.. Cherry herself, a slovenly woman of no means, has a succession of terrible  ...   and forth between the past and the present, as Lordie is charged by police with murdering his aunt.. The tale's grim, remote quality may leave some readers nonplussed, but Maristed skillfully summons a child's-eye view of the world, and the real shock this novel provides is a shock of recognition at the universal emotions it summons.. --Publisher's Weekly.. Orphaned five-year-old Con and her three-year-old brother, Lordie, are given into the custody of their father's 18-year-old sister, Cherry.. With no other family and limited job skills, Cherry is unable to make life work for them all.. Drifting from job to job, man to man, Cherry sinks into drink, poverty, and increasing physical abuse.. Forced to help each other grow up, Con and Lordie develop a secret language and inner world of make-believe.. Maristed vividly portrays this increasing dysfunction through the children's eyes as a flashback within the framework of one final fatal weekend.. --Library Journal..

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  • Title: Belong to Me - Kai Maristed
    Descriptive info: "Maristed's stories explore human will and desire in taut, unflinching realism.. Her voice sparkles with racetrack know-how and idioms, but her work is always driven by an unflagging lyric vision.. " --Maria Flook, author of My Sister Life.. The New York Times Book Review, Sally Eckhoff.. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review.. "Kai Maristed's Belong To Me has the true barn-reek of sweat and leather, hay and manure.. Set in and around racetracks and the show-jump circuit, in knackers' vans and on struggling farms, these horse-haunted tales take as their epigraph some lines from Edwin Muir: "In the first moment we had never a thought / That they were creatures to be owned and used.. " As possessions, horses are the supreme token of money and class.. For most people, they are mere "aesthetic symbols," as one character notes: "What bugs me is there's no purpose, no end, it's simply this inarticulate class ritual that just goes on and on--look at the getup you have to wear, like a pantomime.. And what it all costs, what you could do with that money--it's so egocentric!.. "And yet, like the horses in Muir's poem, Maristed's animals are also fundamentally strange, charged with inchoate longing, like figures from one of our least interpretable dreams.. In several of these stories, horses figure only as the  ...   disturbing, these are fictions not just about horses but about obsessions and the dark places they breed.. ".. Mary Park, Amazon.. These nine short stories share the leitmotif of horses, but each takes a stark and unique jump into a different world where humans fail as domesticated animals.. Maristed has enjoyed the publication of two novels, Fall (LJ 5/ 1/ 96) and Out After Dark (LJ 9/ 1/ 93), but this collection demonstrates her authority as a creative writer.. Here she brings to her characters and settings a clarity and palpableness that are astonishing given the diversity of tales she has to tell: a kidnapped and ravaged teenaged girl recounts her years of abuse; a teenaged boy pokes at his discomfort with the horse dentist like a guy continually prodding his own sore tooth; a polo star falls into domestic anonymity with his would-be assassin; a man is fired from his father's law firm and turns to building a corral instead of telling his wife.. These tales serve to supply sophisticated readers with the kind of brief fiction that seems both more powerful and more graceful than mere human effort could supply.. Recommended for public library collections and to creative writing students in search of breathtaking models of the craft.. Francisca Goldsmith, Library Journal, copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc..

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