Whiskey & Ribbons: A Novel

Whiskey & Ribbons: A Novel

by Leesa Cross-Smith


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938235382
Publisher: Hub City Press
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 148,180
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A PEN Open Book Award Nominee, Leesa Cross-Smith has been a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and Iowa Short Fiction Award. She is the author of the short story collection Every Kiss a War and lives in Louisville, KY.

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author of Eat Only When You're Hungry Lindsay Hunter

" Whiskey & Ribbons is the kind of book you cancel everything to curl up with. Don’t even try to put it down; you won’t be able to. Leesa Cross-Smith writes with an open heart and a deft touch, crafting a beautiful meditation on marriage, family, and the hope within loss. I fell in love with these characters. I joined them in their heartbreak, their lust, their yearning, and I missed them after the last page."

author of the novels Sons & Other Flammable Object Porochista Khakpour

Leesa Cross-Smith's Whiskey & Ribbons is an unforgettable debut. The death of a police officer is at the heart of this powerful, moving polyphonic saga, and the stunning lyricism of the style only matches the heartbreaking poetry of its substance. Cross-Smith examines lovers, brothers, mothers, fathers and sons with such mammoth empathy that this is one of those books I find essential for making sense of our world today.

The Wrong Way to Save Your Life Megan Stielstra

"Beautiful and brutal, a gut-punch and a poem—I love this book. I love its characters, their complicated tangle of desire and grief. I love its craft, the back and forth dance between memory and possibility. I found myself talking aloud to Evangeline: Let go, I whispered. Or maybe she whispered it to me. I don't know. She's inside of me now, my head and my heart. I'll tell you what: Cross-Smith is a master."


"In Whiskey & Ribbons, Leesa Cross Smith has given us a story of decent, ardent-hearted friends thrust into an unimaginable situation, and its survivors respond with equally surprising grace to impossibly difficult circumstances. Here is a slim, elegant novel that is brilliantly defiant in what it refuses to mention, and clear-eyed in its focus on something we all need more of: a close look at good people navigating unthinkable tragedy."

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Whiskey & Ribbons 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I fell in love with the characters and loved the story line of tragedy overcome by love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far the most beautiful book I've read lately and one of the most beautiful I've read ever! The imagery is ubiquitous and always stunning and I loved every one of her complicated characters who were honest even when they weren't truthful, who sang their pain and love in rainbow notes on every single page. A truly masterful author!