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Book notes: Leyna Krow to read from short story collection at Auntie’s

Spokane’s Leyna Krow is a writer of fantastic (and fantastical) fiction. Her stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, the South Dakota Review, the Santa Monica Review, Moss, Lilac City Fairy Tales and, just last summer, The Spokesman-Review as part of its Summer Stories series. On Tuesday, her first story collection, “I’m Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking” will be released from Featherproof Books, and she’ll celebrate that event with a reading on Friday at Auntie’s Bookstore with Spokane writer Aileen Keown Vaux.

Summer Stories: Wild Child

Annaliese wanted to conceive in the woods. We were wild animals, she said, and our baby would be wild too. Its creation should reflect that. So, she insisted we make love in a small thatch of nature about a half mile from our house. We went every night, even though it was winter, the ground frozen and sometimes covered in snow. We brought blankets but they just soaked through and caked with ice. It wasn’t very romantic. I didn’t know at the time what she meant about us being wild. We weren’t exactly the outdoorsy type. We were city people, spending our weekends at farmers markets and craft cocktail bars. We didn’t even own a tent.