Longlisted for the 2017 Giller Prize!

Deborah Willis's new book, The Dark and Other Love Stories, has been selected as one of twelve titles on the longlist for Canada's largest literary prize! The book 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