This is the second book by Kentucky's foremost African-American fiction writer. Crystal Wilkinson was raised by her grandparents on Indian Creek in Casey County, Kentucky, but each summer she would spend time on Water Street, the main street in the African-American community of Stanford, the county seat of nearby Lincoln County. These short stories depict life there. Crystal Wilkinson won the 10th Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence in 2017 for her novel, The Birds of Opulence. She teaches at the University of Kentucky and for the Spalding University MFA program in creative writing.
New York: Toby Press, 2002. 174 pages. Hardback in dust jacket.