Cover Reveal: Shoot the Horses First by Leah Angstman



Shoot the Horses First: A Assortment of Histories
by Leah Angstman

Publication Date: February 28, 2023
Kernpunkt Press
Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook; 238 pages

Style: Literary / Historic / Brief Tales

***Finalist for the Shorts Award for Americana Fiction***

By means of a historian’s lens and folkloric storytelling, the items in SHOOT THE HORSES FIRST revel within the nuances, brutality, mythology, and tiny victories of our historic previous. A launderer takes us contained in the linens of the richest households in early Baltimore. A toddler on the Orphan Practice has his enamel inspected like a horse. Civil Struggle troopers expertise PTSD. Whereas one lady lands on an island of the Wampanoag tribe, a lady 200 years later finds Apache in a harsh frontier. Youngsters survive yellow fever, the desert warmth, and mistaken identities; males survive severed fingers, untested medicines, and wives with obsessive compulsive issues. Frederick Douglass’ grandson performs violin on the World’s Honest on Coloured American Day, a lady with disabilities is saved hidden away like she doesn’t exist, and a botanist is denied her place in a science journal as a result of she is feminine. Themes of place, battle, psychological sickness, identification, incapacity, feminism, and unyielding optimism all through harrowing desperation resurface on this assortment of tales that takes us again to time immemorial, but feels so shut, and all too acquainted.

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“I’m astonished by the historic breadth on this assortment of tales and by the sensibility that unites them. It’s a thrill to be dropped, so vividly, into such all kinds of settings and durations—and much more of a thrill to find the robust new voice of Leah Angstman. Learn it!”

“In SHOOT THE HORSES FIRST, Leah Angstman blasts readers from the Twitterfied nowscape into the manifest previous—to an America related by the burgeoning railroad and shattered by civil battle. As ingenious and sophisticated because the period itself, these sixteen fictions of nineteenth-century friction include surprises on each web page. Whether or not it’s an impromptu snowball battle on a battlefield throughout a ceasefire or a wayward orphan discovering hope on the finish of the road, Angstman astonishes us with difficult characters and crystal-clear prose. She is the literary inheritor to Shelby Foote, Willa Cather, and E. L. Doctorow. Get off the web and browse this e book!”

“Rudyard Kipling stated, ‘If historical past had been taught within the type of tales, it could by no means be forgotten.’ Nothing demonstrates the knowledge of that higher than SHOOT THE HORSES FIRST by Leah Angstman. That is an immersive, expansive, and unforgettable assortment of fictional histories. Drawn from numerous factors in America’s previous and clearly properly researched, these tales are harrowing and hopeful by turns. All via, there are surprising kindnesses and betrayals and acts of heroism and transformation. Characters so deeply wrought they appear to leap off the web page. Hovering and huge and lyrical, this e book is a must-read.”
—Kathy Fish, creator of TOGETHER WE CAN BURY IT, RIFT, and WILD LIFE

“Angstman’s work is a pleasure to learn. These characters see their worlds in the way in which that we see ours: naturally, and unbiased of the vastness of time wherein life finally situates itself in reminiscence. Every one among these tales breathes troubling, lovely life into the historical past that evokes it. The exhaustive analysis that will need to have gone into this assortment lives in a straightforward concord with the tales it undergirds, and it’s Angstman’s chief achievement right here to strike that stability with poise and charm. Concern, love, heartache, and wonderment: it’s all proper right here, between each worlds.”

“SHOOT THE HORSES FIRST places the ‘story’ in historical past. With scholarly rigor and the soul of a bard, Leah Angstman weaves tales of defiance and resilience that convey the previous to life and present us what endures.”
—Jennifer Wortman, creator of THIS. THIS. THIS. IS. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE

In regards to the Creator

Leah Angstman can also be the creator of the historic novel of seventeenth-century New England, Out Entrance the Following Sea, obtainable now from Regal Home, and the novel of the French Revolution, Falcon within the Dive, forthcoming from Regal Home in spring 2024. She serves as the manager editor for Alternating Present Press and The Coil journal and is a founding Quartermaster member of the American Battlefield Belief. Her work has appeared in quite a few journals, together with Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Evaluation of Books, and The Nashville Evaluation. She’s just lately been a finalist for the Laramie Guide Award, Chaucer Guide Award, Eric Hoffer Guide Award, Nationwide Indie Excellence Award, Da Vinci Eye Award, Clue Guide Award, Richard Snyder Memorial Prize, Cowles Guide Prize, and Ready Muse Guide Award; a semifinalist for the Goethe Guide Award; and longlisted for the Hillary Gravendyk Prize. That is her first assortment of brief tales.

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