So We Can Glow

So We Can Glow

by Leesa Cross-Smith


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A lush, glittering short story collection exploring female obsession and desire by an award-winning author Roxane Gay calls "a consummate storyteller."

From Kentucky to the California desert, these forty-two short stories — ranging from the 80's and 90's to present day — expose the hearts of girls and women in moments of obsessive desire and fantasy, wildness and bad behavior, brokenness and fearlessness, and more.

On a hot July night, teenage girls sneak out of the house to meet their boyfriends by the train tracks. Members of a cult form an unsettling chorus as they proclaim their adoration for the same man. A woman luxuriates in a fantasy getaway to escape her past. A love story begins over cabbages in a grocery store, and a laundress's life is consumed by her obsession with a baseball star. After the death of a sister, two high school friends kiss all night and binge-watch Winona Ryder movies.

Leesa Cross-Smith's sensuous stories — some long, some gone in a flash, some told over text and emails — drench readers in nostalgia for summer nights and sultry days. They recall the intense friendships of teenage girls and the innate bonds between mothers, the first heady rush of desire, and the pure exhilaration of womanhood, all while holding up the wild souls of women so they can catch the light.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538715338
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 187,169
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and the author of Every Kiss A War, Whiskey & Ribbons, So We Can Glow, and This Close To Okay. She lives in Kentucky with her husband and their two teenagers. Find more at

Table of Contents

We, Moons 1

The Great Barrier Reef Is Dying but So Are We 4

Unknown Legend 22

Low, Small 26

A Tennis Court 28

Tim Riggins Would've Smoked 33

Surreptitious, Canary, Chamomile 35

Winona Forever 39

Girlheart Cake with Glitter Frosting 48

Fast as You 52

Chateau Marmont, Champagne, Chanel 56

Bearish 62

All That Smoke Howling Blue 63

Pink Bubblegum and Flowers 65

Knock Out the Heart Lights So We Can Glow 79

Get Rowdy 81

Re: Little Doves 87

Out of the Strong, Something Sweet 89

The Lengths 96

Small and High Up 98

Some Are Dark, Some Are Light, Summer Melts 101

Bright 113

Dark and Sweet and Dirty 115

Home Safe 119

Teenage Dream Time Machine 125

Rope Burns 138

Get Faye & Birdie 140

The Darl Inn 152

You Should Love the Right Things 157

And Down We Go! 158

Crepuscular 171

Stay and Stay and Stay 177

Two Cherries under a Lavender Moon 181

When It Gets Warm 189

Boy Smoke 192

Dandelion Light 195

California, Keep Us 199

Cloud Report 207

Downright 216

You Got Me 221

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 224

A Girl Has Her Secrets 237

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