“These are stories of magical lyricism.”

Joyce Carol Oates

“Abundant with heartbreak and wonder.”

Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel

“Masterful … [an] exceptional debut.”

Publishers Weekly

“A lush, dark fairy-tale forest of a book.”

Clare Beams, author of We Show What We Have Learned

“The most refreshing work of

contemporary literature I’ve read in years.”

— David Huddle, author of The Story of a Million Years


“Arresting … an atmosphere

of haunt and mystery.”

Boston Globe


“Insightful, compassionate …

a truly wonderful collection.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Haunting, crackling-with-life.”

— Anne Valente, author of Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down

“Demands close-reading—

and rewards it, with details to savor.”


“Kate McQuade writes with beauty, grace,

and an electric touch of magic.”

— Annie Hartnett, author of Rabbit Cake

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tell me who we were

Infused with the keen insight of Joyce Carol Oates and haunting power of Kelly Link, a radiant collection of linked stories that explore the vulnerability, resilience, and hidden desires of women, following six girls over the course of sixty years, from their first semester at boarding school to the twilight of their lives.