A Novella and Other Stories
"Vivid and evocative, Lily Harp draws us into a world that is as familiar as the music of ice cubes in a tall glass of sweet tea and as transcendent as the parables from a Galilee rabbi. Stacy Barton has created a sacred space and populated it with unforgettable characters whose stories and struggles are at once intimate and eternal. We want to know them, walk with them, hold them in our arms. And we will ever keep them in our hearts."
Cathleen Falsani, journalist and author of Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace
"Someone usually knows better in Stacy Barton's stories, and it's usually a family member who's wrong. So goes love. In the luscious novella at the center of this scrumptuous new book, the pregnant, seventeen-year-old, eponymous Lily Harp struggles to be, and to be otherwise, right and wrong as muddled as the Florida weather. What should Lily do? Stacy Barton understands: it's art, so life wins."
Alan Michael Parker, author of The Committee on Town Happiness
"Discover Stacy Barton's writing. Deep dive, and you'll find beneath the surface surprises, graces and revelations."
Lil Copan, editor and arts columnist
"From the sweltering Florida mangroves to the dust storms of Oklahoma, Stacy Barton sculpts imagery and molds characters who traverse the complex terrain of the human heart."
Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Me
"In these stories, we hear distant echoes of Raymond Carver. Stacy Barton provides us with flashes of memory, moments of crisis, the everyday laments of people going about their lives. This collection, from novella to short stories, shows a refreshing variety of forms and demonstrates Barton's skill with narrative detail. In all of them, we are convinced, by the characters, their tragedies, heartbreaks and realities, of the power of fiction."
Thom Caraway, editor of Rock & Sling
"Stacy Barton knows her characters like she knows Florida's Gulf Coast, which is to say deeply and with a love that cannot be faked. Lily Harp is a masterpiece of atmosphere and mood, of jasmine blooms and mangrove roots, of redfish and the men and women who catch them. These are stories that ask to stay with you—let them."
David James Poissant, author of The Heaven of Animals