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Stephanie Vaughn is a writer’s writer, one whose debut collection of stories, Sweet Talk, was published more than two decades ago to critical acclaim. Readers have come to these stories over the years through word of mouth, posting glowing reviews to their Goodreads pages and on their blogs–unanimously agreeing that this collection is a modern classic that deserves to be in print. Crafted in graceful, honest prose, Vaughn’s stories go straight to the heart of how people live, grow and survive.
“Powerful . . . The writing in Sweet Talk is pure and elegiac, as though it were piped in directly from the soul.” –New York Times Book Review
“Wonderful . . . These stories, bred on familiar minimal ground, expand into a generosity chivied by imagination and a nervy voice.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Supple, elegant, adventurous, even funny.” –Village Voice Literary Supplement
“Stephanie Vaughn’s stories have a lively voice and a lucid style . . . Vaughn’s world is full of imaginative metaphors, including microcosmic worlds, suggesting hidden possibilities and longings.” –Washington Post Book World
“Stephanie Vaughn is a natural writer, and her quirky vision makes the stories in Sweet Talk a collection of cool beauty.” –Boston Globe
“Beautifully written and insightful . . . Sweet Talk ignites a quiet series of explosions that will echo in a reader’s memory long after the book is closed.” –Philadelphia Inquirer