home page
read this
new work



Sarah Stonich

Early reviews of Vacationland are in, and even Kirkus, the LIFE-Cereals Mikey of book reviews, says:

"...with compassionate insight and a gift for artful observation...each chapter renders a story complete, and together weave a deeply mined narrative of place and people, elegiac, yet life affirming.


Shelter by Sarah Stonich


"Showcasing Stonich's incredible

talent and ability to insert humor and startling

details into the narrative. In her capable hands

Vacationland becomes a destination you'll want

to visit again and again. I was hooked from the

moment that severed hand appeared." 

Kevin Wilson author of The Family Fang

"In Vactionland, Stonich collects the lonesome souls

of a beguiling, timeworn place and gives us profound

glimpses into their hopes and sorrows. By turns funny,

haunting, and heartbreaking, she finds the universal

in the specific, the deeply human in the parochial and


Peter Bognanni, author of House of Tomorrow

"Incisive and elegant, Stonich beautifully inhabits

the hearts and minds of a richly diverse set of


Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Painted Girls

Vacationland is compelling, witty, and nuanced, an

incredibly enjoyable glimpse inside the worlds of

seemingly disparate individuals...a brilliantly

engaging novel, focusing on the power of memory,

new discoveries and shared experiences.

A triumph.


Paperback original, e-book,

and in audio from Audible.com




These  Granite Islands Shelter by Sarah Stonich The Ice Chorus by Sarah Stonich

VERY EXCITED about the re-issue of These Granite Islands with this arresting new cover, from

The University of Minnesota Press in tandem with Vacationland. This enduring story of one woman’s history,

her marriage in a small town, and the intimate friendship that changes her life remains a perennial

favorite a dozen years after its original publication. Translated in nine languages and now an

audio book narrated by the amazing Elizabeth Klett.




Vacationland now has a
book trailer!

Watch it HERE and hear the TackyNites play the


Shop Independent Bookstores


Buy at Amazon

Buy at Barnes & Noble










More about These Granite Islands More about Shelter More about The Ice Chorus