Published on Valentine's Day 2017!

Deborah Willis's new book, The Dark and Other Love Stories, features stories about girls at summer camp, a young man and his pet crow, and a drug dealer who applies to be on the first manned mission to Mars. A master at inhabiting the minds of outsiders, of immigrants, transplants, and refugees, Willis moves deftly between stories that span entire lifetimes and others that detail tiny moments: a summer, two weeks in Russia, one Halloween night. The book explores love in its flawed guises, never relying on easy clichés, and—despite its darkness—always allowing a light, feathery hope to sing through at the end.

The emotional range and depth of [Willis’ stories], the clarity and deftness, is astonishing.
— Alice Munro