Kai Maristed

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).

Her shorter work has appeared in The American Scholar, Ascent, The Kenyon Review, StoryQuarterly, 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.


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.
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.
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.
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.