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ON SALE: June 13, 2017 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.5, 204 pages | ISBN 9781619029347


Through her three story collections and two novels, Elizabeth Crane’s singular literary vision has created worlds of characters standing boldly in the face of their complicated circumstances. Blazing through states, cities, towns, continents, Crane fearlessly pivots from micro to macro, humor to tragedy, past to present, mixing an off-kilter sensibility with a heartbreaking reality, guiding us into the fringed and often fantastical lives of her characters. And that has never been truer than in her new collection, Turf.

The end of the world as seen through a young couple in Brooklyn, who find a baby in a bucket on their front step; a group of geniuses who meet every Wednesday, able to unlock all the secrets of the universe except for the unknowable mystery of love; a woman and her dog walker whose friendship is uprooted by an incident at the park; these are dark, intriguing vistas explored in Crane’s glowing collection. For as places change, and people come and go, these stories in Turf remind us that it is the unchanging nature of the human heart that connects us all.

ELIZABETH CRANE is the author of the novels The History of Great Things and We Only Know So Much and three collections of short stories. Her stories have been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She is a recipient of the Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award, and her work has been adapted for the stage by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She currently lives in Newburgh, New York.


Turf is as delightful as it is disconcerting. It’s like stumbling into your neighbor’s house and realizing it mirrors yours exactly. These stories are funny, sweet, strange, as familiar and comforting as your neighbor’s smile while she’s offering you tea from your own teapot. Do you want to leave? Not without this book as your guide, not before finishing each bite-sized story, smacking your lips and chortling and rushing to the next page.” —Lindsay Hunter, author of Ugly Girls and Eat Only When You’re Hungry

“Reading Turf, I laughed, felt melancholic, buzzy-headed, wide-eyed, and at one point reached out to hold hands with Elizabeth Crane because I was so sure she was in the room with me. These stories are infectious, funny, sharp, strange, and charming, all while slyly making you bear what you didn’t know you could bear about the deep, dark chasms and small miracles of being human.” —Diane Cook, author of Man V. Nature

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