Kai Maristed


Broken Ground
"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

Belong to Me
"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 imprisonment in a man's rank, food-stained apartment, and of her truck-stop prostitution, her alienation from her pious family and the love, disgust and terror she comes to feel for her captor.... Finally, the success of these impeccable stories rests on the connection between humans and horses, on sympathy between species that speaks of what is brutish and gentle in all of us." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"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

Out After Dark
"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


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.