The Dark and Other Love Stories

The Dark and Other Love Stories

by Deborah Willis


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780393285895
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Deborah Willis's first book, Vanishing and Other Stories, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award for fiction, named one of the Globe and Mail’s top 100 books of the year, and recommended by NPR as one of the best books of 2010. Her work has been translated into Vietnamese, Italian and Hebrew, and has appeared in The Iowa Review, the Virginia Quarterly, The Walrus, and Zoetrope. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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