Books

The Whole World at Once (2017, West Virginia UP/Vandalia Press)
Publication date: May 1
Set within a backdrop of small towns and hard-working communities in middle America, The Whole World at Once is a collection of intense stories about the experience of loss.

From Kirkus Reviews“Readers willing to immerse themselves in sorrow, and sometimes in narratives that twist and shimmer before taking definite shape, will find reflected in these stories the unsteady path of coming back to life—or not—after loss.”

From Journal Gazette & Times Courier: "People who grew up in rural areas will feel an eerie sense of stories they've grown up hearing or stories they've lived, a sense that this could happen or has happened here, and yet the pervasive thread of grief opens these stories up to anyone." 



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Cover design by TRP


The Floating Order (2009, Two Ravens Press)
Publication Information:
The Floating Order is a collection of short stories originally published in 2009 by Two Ravens Press, a small press run out of Northern Scotland until its closure in 2015. 


"'poetic, lush, gripping'"
~Editor, 
American Short Fiction


"A collection of rather disturbing short stories. 
'Enjoyed' really wouldn't be the right word. 
'Impressed' would be nearer the mark."

"There are no safe, saccharine fairy tale endings. 
This is contemporary Brothers Grimm for adults."

"It is no mean achievement to sustain such a story-like 
lyricism over the long haul of a book-length collection. 
This is a remarkable debut. A keeper that keeps keeping on.”
~ Michael Martone,
 author of Michael Martone

The wonder of The Floating Order [. . .] is that it is impossible 
to pigeonhole. At their heart the stories have a darkly 
fantastic edge, but this aspect is more often 
than not a component of the character's 
view of the outside world.
John Kenny, co-editor of Aeon Press 
and Albedo One

“The stories in Erin Pringle’s first collection possess the charm 
of fairy tales, the wisdom of poems, the hope of prayers, 
the weight of eulogies, and the intimacy of letters home.”

"There are no easy answers in The Floating Order, 
only a sense of disturbance and dread, 
offset by flashes of beauty. In this way, the book traps life 
in the 21st century and displays it in all its awful radiance."

~Southwestern American Literature

"Just as her stories thrive on a kind of profitable restlessness, The Floating Order feels significant by virtue of its narrative, structural and thematic variety."
~John Regan, Women: A Cultural Review