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Water Street

The residents of Water Street are hardworking, God-fearing people who live in a seemingly safe and insulated neighborhood within a small Kentucky town: "Water Street is a place where mothers can turn their backs to flip a pancake or cornmeal hoecake on the stove and know our children are safe." But all is not as it seems as the secret lives of neighbors and friends are revealed in interconnected tales of love, loss, truth, and tragedy.

In this critically acclaimed short story collection, Crystal Wilkinson peels back the intricate layers that form the fabric of this community and its inhabitants—revealing emotionally raw, multifaceted tales of race, class, gender, mental illness, and interpersonal relationships. The thirteen succinct stories offer fragmented glimpses of an overarching narrative that emerges, lyrical and fierce. Featuring a new foreword and a new afterword which illuminate Wilkinson's artistic achievement, this captivating work is poised to delight a new generation of readers.

About the Authors

Crystal Wilkinson is author of The Birds of Opulence, winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and Blackberries, Blackberries, which won the 2002 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature. The winner of the 2008 Denny Plattner Award in Poetry from Appalachian Heritage magazine and the Sallie Bingham Award from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, she serves as Appalachian Writer-in-Residence at Berea College and teaches in the Spalding University low residency MFA in Creative Writing Program.


"Evidence of Wilkinson's considerable promise...Water Street continues to establish her as an author who deserves wider attention."—The Washington Post

"A sharp African American updating of Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio."—Utne Reader (Utne Book Club Selection, July 2003)

"Wilkinson is a storyteller in the tradition of Southerners such as Eudora Welty and Carson McCullers."—Lexington Herald-Leader

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Other Titles by Crystal Wilkinson

The Birds of Opulence

Crystal Wilkinson
Jan 2018 - University Press of Kentucky
$29.95 USD - Hardback
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Blackberries, Blackberries

Crystal Wilkinson, foreword by Nikky Finney, afterword by Honorée Jeffers
Feb 2017 - University Press of Kentucky
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Talking Appalachian

edited by Amy D. Clark, Nancy M. Hayward, with contributions by Michael Ellis, Kirk Hazen, Jaime Wagner Flesher, Anita Puckett, Jeffrey Reaser, Walt Wolfram, George Ella Lyon, Silas House, Lee Smith, Jane Hicks, Rita Quillen, Crystal Wi...
Jul 2014 - University Press of Kentucky
$60.00 USD - Hardback
$30.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles from Kentucky Voices

Scissors, Paper, Rock

Fenton Johnson, introduction by Pam Houston
Jan 2016 - University Press of Kentucky
$21.95 USD - Paperback / softback

The Man Who Loved Birds

Fenton Johnson
Jan 2016 - University Press of Kentucky
$24.95 USD - Hardback

Crossing the River

Fenton Johnson, introduction by Silas house
Dec 2015 - University Press of Kentucky
$21.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in FICTION / Short Stories (single author)

Senseless Women

Sarah Harris Wallman
Feb 2020 - University of Massachusetts Press
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback

The Body Distances (A Hundred Blackbirds Rising)

Mark Wagenaar
Jan 2020 - University of Massachusetts Press
$15.99 USD - Electronic book text
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Staten Island Stories

Claire Jimenez
Dec 2019 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
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