The Night, and the Rain, and the River

TNATRATR Cover web sizeMay 1, 2014. A current of longing runs through twenty-two short stories by Oregon writers. As the characters strive for connection, they make mistakes, reach out to the wrong people, and recalibrate their lives based on what they desire, whether or not it’s attainable—or even a good idea. A shy pyromaniac takes a chance on love. A young woman hands her decisions to a man she’s never met. An abandoned father and son struggle to pull a stump from the stubborn ground, the town wailer loses her voice after her mother’s death, and a cloudless Oregon sky triggers a trip for a final goodbye. Editor Liz Prato has curated a powerful collection of smart, funny, sad, exquisite stories about the losses that shape our lives.

This anthology is funded in part by a 2014 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship.

Three versions

The paperback is available through local bookstoresPowell’s, or online. The special, limited edition hardcover is available only direct from the publisher through the Gumroad sales platform. Ebooks are available through Kobo and Amazon. For booksellers and librarians: The Night, and the Rain, and the River is available through Ingram, Baker & Taylor, or direct through the publisher.


Jan Baross, Gail Bartley, Victoria Blake, Alisha Churbe, Sage Cohen, Ellen Davidson Levine, Steve Denniston, Trevor Dodge, Gregg Kleiner, Christi Krug, Kathleen Lane, Dylan Lee, Margaret Malone, Matthew Robinson, Joanna Rose, Lois Rosen, Jackie Shannon Hollis, Domi Shoemaker, Scott Sparling, Tammy Lynne Stoner, Jennifer Williams, and Cindy Williams Gutierrez.


Liz Prato’s short stories and essays have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Subtropics, The Rumpus, Iron Horse Literary Review, Hunger Mountain, Carve, and ZYZZYVA, among others. She was the Guest Prose Editor for the Summer 2013 issue of VoiceCatcher. Awards include the 2010 Minnetonka Review Editor’s Prize, first place in the 2005 Berkeley Fiction Review Sudden Fiction Contest, four Pushcart Prize nominations, and a scholarship to the 2012 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She began teaching at the Attic Institute in 2008, and has taught creative writing for several literary organizations in Oregon.

Read the extended, web-only version of “In Which Liz Prato, the Writer, Interviews Liz Prato, the Editor.”

The Night, and the Rain, speciaArtist

Clare Carpenter is a letterpress printer, book artist, and illustrator from Portland, Oregon. Her work is heavily inspired by place and how our landscape is imbued with personal histories, often blending narrative with traditional and contemporary print methods. Carpenter is the proprietor of Tiger Food Press, a letterpress print studio in Portland, Oregon.

Advance Praise

“I love this book like I love the ocean. The Night, and the Rain, and the River gets under your skin and travels your body from the first page. Each story brings you to the edge of your own heart, or life, or death, or gut grabbing laughter, and as the stories accumulate, you slowly realize you’ve been allowed into a world. These writers will mark you for life; remember their names. We are nothing without each other.”

– Lidia Yuknavitch, author of Dora: A Headcase

“Like the varied and verdant landscape of the Pacific Northwest, the stories in The Night, and the Rain, and the River will make you gasp and grow your heart. Sweet cheating boyfriends, hopeful drunk drivers, angry little sisters, inept sincere fathers, even a lonely goose, all are portrayed with exuberant complexity in their quests for love.  These stories offer up bright light in our often overcast skies.”

– Natalie Serber, author of Shout Her Lovely Name

Reviews and Features

Named a Staff Pick by Annie Bloom’s Books

Corvallis Advocate on Gregg Kleiner

The Columbian on Christi Krug

Liz Prato, interviewed by Hayden’s Ferry Review

Inland 360 on Domi Shoemaker

The Register-Guard (Grants Pass) on Ellen Davidson Levine

The Lake Oswego Review on Scott Sparling

We Wanted to Be Writers

Interview on KBOO’s “Bread and Roses” with Liz Prato, Tammy Lynne Stoner, and Domi Shoemaker

Trevor Dodge, guest post, “Fear and Making”

The Oregonian

Liz Prato on Writing Under Pressure

Yuvi Zalkow on 27 Good Things

Steve Denniston guest post on comedy and tragedy

Portland Book Review

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