Willow Springs Books and Lost Horse Press are excited to announce that Serena Crawford’s Here Among Strangers, winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, will be released March 1st!

“Crawford’s great skill and restraint are on display … she strikes that nearly impossible balance between shadow and light, showing here, concealing there, just enough in equal measure to draw us in and work her magic on us. This is, to put it simply, great fiction.” –Jack Livings

Heralded as a “stellar collection” with pieces that “are beautifully written, deeply moving, and completely unforgettable” (Lysley Tenorio), Crawford’s collection captures the emotional dissonance of growth and the loneliness that can be felt among our own family. In “My Brother’s House,” a woman who spends years adrift in India looks to her brother for answers as he leads a duck home from a city park. In “Chinatown,” a mother lives as a hoarder while her daughter owns nothing, hoping to find refuge in a life of deprivation. As Peter Rock puts it, “Serena Crawford combines restraint and insight with certain intuition. She also finds surprising humor in the most fraught of situations. These stories … demonstrate again and again what it might mean to be human.”

Crawford has received both a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and an Oregon Literary Fellowship. Previous of her works have appeared in Epoch, Ascent, Beloit Fiction Journal, Another Chicago Magazine, The Florida Review, and more.

To preorder a copy of Here Among Strangers, click here!