Turmeric & Sugar: Stories

Anna Vangala Jones is a writer, editor, and educator. Her debut short story collection, Turmeric & Sugar, is out from Thirty West Publishing as of May 28, 2021. It is now available for purchase! You can order your copy from Bookshop, Thirty West, or most anywhere books are sold. 

Some Advance Praise for Turmeric & Sugar: Stories 

Anna Vangala Jones’s elegant prose twines the mundane with the magical, heartache with hope, loss with love. An impressive debut collection by a writer with a clear vision into the human heart.

— Tananarive Due, American Book Award winner, author of Ghost Summer: Stories 

Glimmering, heartfelt, and hard-edged stories of the everyday and the strange—like stepping outside on a cold fall morning and being shocked awake to the world.

— Ben Loory, author of Tales of Falling and Flying 

The characters in Anna Vangala Jones’s story collection, Turmeric & Sugar, glide along through unexpected connections, hauntings, lost bodies—whether through death or desertion—all with a delicate feathery grip on the world. Each story is peppered with luxurious details that transport, turning objects into living fleshy things that tether the characters and the reader to the page. These stories stay with you long after they’re read, hovering near, keeping a hold, just like the spirits and souls written about within them.

— Melissa Ragsly, author of We Know This Will All Disappear 


Anna’s writing has been selected for Longform Fiction’s Best of 2018 list and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions Anthologies. Her fiction, creative nonfiction, and interviews have appeared in several publications, such as Catapult, WigleafNecessary Fiction, The Rumpus, The Margins at AAWW, Little Fiction, and Berkeley Fiction Reviewamong others.

Read some of Anna’s fiction online:

“What if we find our way back to each other in the grocery store snack aisle” at HAD

“Sara’s Someone” at Wigleaf

“Doors” at HAD 

“Mae and Me” at Catapult 

“Echo” at Jellyfish Review