The Dark and Other Love Stories

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. Two teenaged girls 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 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. 

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Willis is an immensely talented writer, and her new collection is a thing of beauty: sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes funny, always sharply observed, elegant and incisive.
— Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven
The Dark and Other Love Stories is an exhilarating book—funny and fearless, empathetic and sharp—and Deborah Willis is a dazzlingly smart and strikingly original writer. I didn’t want this book to end.
— Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans
A bright, adventurous and lively collection. Deborah Willis seems to be able to go anywhere and do anything, taking the reader from the Ukraine to Mars. Beautifully told and strangely moving, these stories made the world seem like a slightly different and much more interesting place after I had read them.
— Kevin Canty, author of The Underworld
These poignant, sharply-observed stories examine love in its many guises. A marvelous collection.
— Kirstin Valdez Quade, author of Night at the Fiestas
The Dark and Other Love Stories is a kaleidoscopic, dazzling meditation on the switchback nature of love. Who do we choose to love, and who do we choose to leave behind? Every story is ultimately a love story, Willis reminds us, even and especially the strange, wondrous stories of our own lives.
— Marjorie Celona, author of Y