Vanishing and Other Stories explores emotional and physical absences, the ways in which people leave, are left, and whether or not it's ever possible to move on. Readers will encounter a skinny ice-cream scooper named Nina Simone, a vanishing visionary of social utopia, a French teacher who collects fiancés, and a fortune-telling mother who fails to predict the heartbreak of her own daughter. The characters in this collection will linger in the imagination, proving that nothing is ever truly forgotten.
"The emotional range and depth of these stories, the clarity and deftness is astonishing."
— Alice Munro
"Willis’ work is matter–of–fact on the surface, but beneath this veneer, it is absolutely propelled through to its captivating conclusion. The reader knows what will be discovered … yet cannot stop reading or look away … I wouldn’t be surprised to see [the book] shortlisted for an award or two next year."
— Eye Weekly
"Debut collection reveals Victoria writer’s formidable talent… If I were a betting man, I’d put a sack of cash on Deborah Willis becoming a nationally renowned writer…a remarkably accomplished collection by this soft–spoken 26–year–old, who moonlights as a Munro’s Books clerk."
— Times Colonist