Crowning the Queen of Love lays bare the intense moments when, enthralled by passion, we find ourselves dangerously lost. In these stories of sexual and romantic adventure, women learn to turn vulnerability and passivity into self-awareness. Entering a new and vital imaginative realm, attempting to find acceptance and intimacy, they break through stereotypes, personal barriers, and false beliefs. Sometimes when Eros finds them, the moon, sun, and stars fall on their dreams. Confronted by life’s harshness, these women discover within themselves unsuspected gifts for transformation.
1998 Minnesota Book Award for Short Fiction Finalist
“Susan Welch has given us an unusual, powerful collection. These are love stories of the highest order, that is, true stories about love—its cost, its strange, sometime appalling forms, its fragility. The range of situation and tone on display here is remarkable, yet always managed with ease and restraint. Susan Welch is a writer to welcome, and to celebrate.” —Tobias Wolff
“These are haunting, rich, rewarding stories, full of incident, insight, and hard-won emotion. You’ll feel you have Susan Welch as a friend after finishing this stunning yet personable collections.” —Rod Hansen
“Susan Welch shows in these stories an unusual sensibility that takes in a wide world. The unsentimental emotional rawness of the work is nicely balanced by the extremely strong craft.” —Francine du Plessix Gray