“These are stories of magical lyricism.”

Joyce Carol Oates

“Abundant with heartbreak and wonder.”

Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel

“Elegant, intimate.”

— Keija Parssinen, author of The Unraveling of Mercy Louis

“The most refreshing work of

contemporary literature I’ve read in years.”

— David Huddle, author of The Story of a Million Years and The Faulkes Chronicles


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

Clare Beams, author of We Show What We Have Learned


“Haunting, crackling-with-life.”

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

“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.