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The twelve stories that make up Auras span time from the 1940’s to the present day. They cover ground from New England to the Midwest to the South. But in another respect, all of these stories live in the same place, asking a different version of the same question: Is it possible to fix broken things?


“Readers, beware. The stories in Kevin Fitton’s powerful new collection, Auras, contain strong, sometimes hurtful emotions. Faced with loss and disappointment, characters lash out, showing us the extremes that love will drive us to. And in the end, those characters are left with a greater, sometimes rueful, understanding of their own hearts—as we readers, who recognize ourselves in them, will understand our own. These are wise, passionate stories that will not easily be forgotten.”

— Erin Mcgraw, author of the New York Times Notable Book, Lies of the Saints

"These stories, these joyful bursts of humanity, are the tonic we need, each story a thoughtful, utterly surprising voice in our ear conjuring new worlds; they snap into focus. Fitton writes with a jeweler’s precision, yet unspools stories with effortless grace about love, understanding, compassion, confusion; his scope and heart are enormous. Here’s how I felt: that I was sitting on a porch at perfect sunset and the stories had beckoned to step off into the night grass, into mystery, other lives. If you love Marilynne Robinson or Charles Baxter, Auras is your book.”

—Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author 

About the Author

Kevin Fitton is a writer, teacher, and musician. He has published a children’s picture book, Higher Ground, with Caldecott-winning artist, Mary Azarian, along with a number of short stories in journals such as Jabberwock, Limestone, and The Saturday Evening Post. He holds an MFA from the Writing Seminars at Bennington College and is pursuing a PhD from Western Michigan University.

Kevin’s website

Cover photograph—Annandale by Chelsea Reeck