So We Can Glow by Leesa Cross-Smith GIVEAWAY

So We Can Grow Book CoverSo We Can Glow: Stories by Leesa Cross-Smith

Short Stories
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

The publisher sent me a copy of this book as well as two copies to giveaway (more details below)! When I saw that Roxane Gay blurbed this collection, that was it, I had to have it. When I added it to Goodreads, I saw that not only did Roxane Gay blurb it, but she gave it a five star glowing review. I’ve read a couple of stories so far, and so far I agree with Roxane!

A lush, glittering short story collection exploring female obsession and desire by an award-winning writer Roxane Gay calls “a consummate storyteller.”

From Kentucky to the California desert, these forty-two short stories expose the glossy and matte hearts of girls and women in moments of obsessive desire and fantasy, wildness and bad behavior, brokenness and fearlessness, and more.

Teenage girls sneak out on a summer night to meet their boyfriends by the train tracks. A woman escapes suffocating grief through a vivid fantasy life. Members of a cult form an unsettling chorus as they extol their passion for the same man. A love story begins over cabbages in a grocery store. A laundress’ life is consumed by obsession for a famous baseball player. Two high school friends kiss all night and binge-watch Winona Ryder movies after the death of a sister.

Leesa Cross-Smith’s sensuous stories will drench readers in nostalgia for summer nights and sultry days, the intense friendships of teenage girls, and the innate bonds felt between women. She evokes the pangs of loss and motherhood, the headiness and destructive potential of desire, and the pure exhilaration of being female. The stories in So We Can Glow–some long, some gone in a flash, some told over text and emails–take the wild hearts of girls and women and hold them up so they can catch the light.

About the Author

From Goodreads:

Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and writer from Kentucky. She is the author of the novel WHISKEY & RIBBONS (Hub City Press, 2018), the short story collection EVERY KISS A WAR (Mojave River Press, 2014), the forthcoming short story collection SO WE CAN GLOW (Grand Central Publishing, 2020) and novel THIS CLOSE TO OKAY (Grand Central Publishing, 2021). WHISKEY & RIBBONS won the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Gold Medal in Literary Fiction, was longlisted for the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and was one of O Magazine’s 2018 Top Books of Summer. EVERY KISS A WAR was nominated for the PEN Open Book Award (2014) and was a finalist for both the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (2012) and the Iowa Short Fiction Award (2012). Find more at


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