Steelies and Other Endangered Species

Book Cover: Steelies and Other Endangered Species


In fast-moving waters, the characters find solace from their painful pasts and fight to save that which is most endangered. Rivers, oceans, and ephemeral washes are not only settings, they’re vessels for our most beloved element in all its liquid beauty, strength, and potential for violence. Steelies and Other Endangered Species: Stories on Water is an unforgettable journey on water by an author who knows it from the inside out, having guided on it, swum and sailed it, rowed and paddled it, and written about it for decades.

"A powerful collection of stories about connections to the wild and necessary land, rivers, and creatures around us. But as part of the wondrous and fragile web made possible by water, it is also a beautiful meditation on the human heart and our essential connections to each other." - Julian Hoffman, author of The Small Heart of Things

Reviews:Andrew X. Pham, author of Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars and Catfish and Mandala wrote:

Her fluid prose flows like her beloved river, in majestic sweeps, in roiling rapids, and in clear running pools where the surreal depth becomes within reach. Simply one of the best collections I’ve read in years.

Page Lambert, author of In Search of Kinship and Shifting Stars wrote:

Lawton’s beautifully rendered and accessible stories make you want to move quickly from beginning to end, but I urge you—savor the journey. Breathe in the spirit of each new place.

B.C. Rimbeaux, author and whitewater guide wrote:

Lawton enchants the reader with emotional honesty and an intensity that infuses her stories with the beauty of the natural world.