The Dark and Other Love Stories (Hardcover)
These are love stories about the parts of us that are a little bit dangerous and scared of our own potential - the parts of us that we forget about during the day. Willis never fails to find something hard in something soft or coax something sweet out of something bitter. This collection is rife with nostalgia for every questionable decision made out of boredom. I read it in one day.
-- Stephanie— From Stephanie S. Staff Picks
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.