The Dark and Other Love Stories by Deborah Willis

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...center on female friendship, especially intense adolescent ones looked back upon in celebration and lament. These are low-key stories of great acuity, precision, and poignancy.
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“The emotional range and depth of [Willis’s stories], the clarity and deftness, are astonishing.”―Alice Munro

The characters in these thirteen masterful and engaging stories exist on the edge of danger, where landscapes melt into dreamscapes and every house is haunted. A drug dealer’s girlfriend signs up for the first manned mission to Mars. A girl falls in love with a man who wants to turn her into a bird. A teenaged girl and her best friend test their relationship by breaking into suburban houses. A wife finds a gaping hole in the floor of the home she shares with her husband, a hole that only she can see. Full of longing and strange humor, these subtle, complex stories―about the love between a man and his pet crow, an alcoholic and his AA sponsor, a mute migrant and a newspaper reporter―show how love ties us to each other and to the world. The Dark and Other Love Stories announces the emergence of a wonderfully gifted storyteller whose stories enlarge our perceptions about the human capacity to love.

 

About Deborah Willis

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Deborah Willis's work has appeared in the Bridport Prize Anthology, Event, and Grain, and she was a winner of PRISM International's annual fiction prize. Short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, Vanishing and Other Stories is her first book of fiction.
 
Published February 14, 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company. 254 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Oct 26 2017

...center on female friendship, especially intense adolescent ones looked back upon in celebration and lament. These are low-key stories of great acuity, precision, and poignancy.

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Jackie Thomas Kennedy on Feb 24 2017

When restricting herself to the events of a single night, Willis writes impeccably. The stories that stretch to accommodate a greater scope of time — “The Dark,” about two friends at summer camp, or “Welcome to Paradise,” about two friends who break into their neighbors’ homes — are less refined...

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Eric Volmers on Feb 22 2017

...for those who recognized Willis as a bold new voice in Canadian fiction, it comes as a relief that her second collection, The Dark and Other Love Stories, has finally been published after a few delays and more than lives up to the promise of her debut.

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