Arna Bontemps Hemenway's debut collection of short fiction was announced today as a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, a program that "recognizes great fiction and nonfiction debuts from writers at the start of their careers." Read more about this award here.
Here's what others are saying about Elegy on Kinderklavier:
“In this impressive debut story collection, Hemenway shows a depth of emotion and intensity that carries the reader from start to finish. These haunting stories deserve a wide audience.”
—Library Journal, starred review
“Death is an imminent, lurking presence in this debut collection of seven stories, which explore the confluence of fate and circumstance that places men in situations of anguish and despair. . . In “The Half Moon Martyrs’ Brigade of New Jerusalem, Kansas” and Army recruited is blamed for the mortality rate of his town’s soldiers in Iraq. Hemenway’s earnest desire to reflect historical forces that tragically impact individual lives is admirable.”
“A mother discovers, to her horror, that she cannot muster unconditional love for her 8-year-old son, disfigured out of all recognition by a terminal brain tumor, and disappears on a long trip, leaving the boy’s father by the hospital bedside. . . . shows Hemenway to be a true writer, bearing witness.”