This Side of Water: Stories is the winner of the 2019 American Fiction Award in the short story category
These are brave stories. Pilkington seems willing to go anywhere she needs to for a story, and fully inhabit any character. The Side of Water is a wide-ranging and darkly beautiful collection of stories.
- Peter Orner
Author of Esther Stories and the forthcoming Maggie Brown & Others
Brutally eloquent. A mesmerizing collection with a heat seeking eye for brilliant humor and intense passionate loves.
- Ernesto Quinonez
Author of the bestselling novel, Bodega Dreams
Filled with humor, honesty, wonderfully perceptive details these suspenseful stories, told in an original voice, delight and illuminate.
- Sheila Kohler
Author most recently of Once We Were Sisters
Maureen Pilkington's This Side of Water reminds you that the brief glimpse offered by the short story form can stop and startlingly recharge your heart. In all of these stories the dialogue throws sparks as it reveals the ways that vulnerable people talk. The veil lifts here on compulsions resulting from the uncontainable desires. Like the sensuous energies of water, these stories alter your body's responsiveness to the world, inviting you to experience new aliveness.
- Kevin McIlvoy
Novelist and short story writer, is author of At the Gate of All Wonder and 57 Octaves Below Middle C.