Walking on Fire


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$17.95  $16.69
She Writes Press
Publish Date
5.43 X 8.43 X 1.18 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Kathryn Crawley was born of pioneer stock and raised in a small West Texas cotton town. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in speech pathology from Baylor University. Unforeseen events and an adventurous spirit led her to Casper, WY, Colorado Springs, CO, and Thessaloniki, Greece, where she worked in a center for Greek children with cerebral palsy from 1974 to 1976. She went on to establish roots in Boston, where she continued her career as a speech pathologist. Today, she enjoys life with her partner, Tom, daughter, Emilia, and two dogs in Belmont, MA.


"Crawley ably develops her protagonist's internal conflict with skillful prose . . . The protagonist's naïveté and self-reflection are likely to endear her to readers, and the descriptions of Greek culture, history, and language are especially delightful."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of self-discovery will relish Kate's foreign adventure and find her attempts to settle into a local rhythm entertaining, as she tries to find the balance between defending her home and being open to the political injustice the trip brings to light. . . . Readers will cheer her metamorphosis, and may even feel changed along with her, thanks to Crawley's skillful rendering of Kate's inner revelations and hard-earned maturity . . ."
--BookLife Reviews

"This page-turner will initiate you to the tumultuous days in mid-seventies Greece when a young American comes to heal from a divorce and meets love, controversial politics, and danger. It is a must-read, well-researched and heartwarming."
--Sophia Kouidou-Giles, author of Sophia's Return: Uncovering My Mother's Past

"Walking on Fire will transport you to Greece in the 1970s, to the whitewashed churches, the lively outdoor markets, and the smoky coffee bars as a young American woman discovers the sun-drenched beauty of a new culture, as well as her own country's dark secrets. Passionate and political, Crawley's debut novel burns deeply and brightly, pulling the reader into this powerful story about shedding naiveté, trusting fate, and ultimately, finding transformation."
--Sandra A. Miller, author of Wednesdays at One

"A coming-of-age loss-of-innocence love story set in an exotic land in the aftermath of a military coup. What more could one ask for? This tightly-written, compelling tale of a young woman's awakening to a larger and far more complex world than she'd ever imagined just may awaken the reader as well. Highly recommended!"
--Sean Murphy, National Endowment for the Arts Creative Fellow, and award-winning author of The Time of New Weather and The Hope Valley Hubcap King