A ghost town.

Murders.  Revenge.

Beautiful landscapes.  Resolute people.

Scars.  Rebirth.  Life.

Crossings is a collection of Eastern Shore stories that delve into the complex relationships and histories that exist here on the Delmarva Peninsula.  These stories look at  the tumultuous bond between man and nature and the price man must frequently pay for his naive mistakes.  Even in a civilized society, the ugliness of man shows itself and ordinary citizens must pay the ultimate price.

“Here are excerpts of what Fowler, a Marylander, wrote of that day in an essay she describes as ‘creative non-fiction,’ based on research but frankly infused with her perspective as a proud daughter of the Lower Eastern Shore.” 

            - The Washington Post

“Stephanie skillfully movers into the consciousness and perspective of her main characters.  From oyster bed feuds to murder, the stories are compelling and richly dramatized.  Stephanie speaks with balance, clarity, and a steady eye.  The ugliness of racism and mob violence is counterpoised with an evident love for the strong and energetic people of cypress swamps and salt marshes.” 

            - Professor Richard Gillin, chair of the English Department at Washington College and

            member of the Sophie Kerr Prize committee

“Surely, if Sophie Kerr and Stephanie Fowler had ever met, they would be friends - drawn to one another by a shared passion for writing and the colorful, complicated, conflicting and all the while wondrous Eastern Shore way of life that frames so many of their stories.”

            - The Kent County News



Published May 2008