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This collection of stories contains a multicultural thread which runs through all the pages bind the stories intimately together, providing the reader with a seamless experience. The tone and style flows continuously from story to story, which allows the reader to experience the collection not as four isolated moments of multiculturalism, but rather as a culmination of an entire world struggling to understand, tolerate, and accept the various cultural beliefs of the world.
In this prize-winning collection of stories, people from diverse cultural, ethnic, and class backgrounds respond to large historical events such as 9/11 and to forces beyond their individual control such as Hurricane Katrina; others are frightened by the encounter — whether in Indonesia or America — and act against their own best interests. At Home Anywhere celebrates common human experience and the daily confrontations between reason and passion.
This Many Voices project winner dazzles quietly, like the work of Alice Munro or Carol Shields, by drawing readers into the lives of characters trapped by unemployment, cultural disorientation, and family conflict. Like high-wire performers, they teeter precariously and vividly on the brink of disaster, but get their chance to survive, if they can just face reality.
Mary Hoffman lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her stories have appeared in the Gallatin Review and the Minetta Review. She received a scholarship to study at the Norman Mailer Writers Center in the summer of 2010. In 2008, she won the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Award for the stories in At Home Anywhere.