Stephen Russell Payne's emotionally riveting debut novel, Cliff Walking, has been released and is available through most bookstores and bookstore websites including and It is also now available as a Kindle ebook. Please visit your local book store or click on one of the Buy buttons at the bottom right of this page. Cliff Walking is available at these fine Vermont bookstores: Phoenix Books, Essex Way, Essex, 191 Bank St. Burlington, Vermont, The Eloquent Page, Main St. St. Albans, Vermont; Better Planet Books, Toys & Hobbies, Bristol, Bridgeside Books, Waterbury, Flying Pig Bookstore Route 7 Shelburne, Bear Pond Books Montpelier & Stowe, Ebenezer Books and Johnson Woolen Mills in Johnson, Boxcar & Caboose Railroad St, St. Johnsbury, Vermont Bookstore in Middlebury, Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, Vermont, and The Crow Bookshop, Church St., Burlington, Vermont. 

New June 2013 review of Cliff Walking by Frederick Green, MD in General Surgery News  


Award winning New England novelist, Howard Frank Mosher, says:

"Stephen Russell Payne has emerged as a new voice in Vermont's impressive pantheon of creative writers, and a powerful one. Now, with his first novel, he has written a dramatic story of suspense, love, and redemption. Cliff Walking is written with clarity, passion, and great sympathy for, and understanding of, all aspects of human nature."

Renowned American writer, X. J. Kennedy, says: 

"Cliff Walking is an absorbing story, skillfully told. Not every writer can interest us in characters who are generous, kind, and good, like Francis, Kate, and Stringer. All three have known horrific events, and have survived. We believe in these characters and care about them. What Payne has given us isn't a plotless 'literary' novel, but a warm and touching love story full of suspense and conflict, likely to have wide popular appeal. I like this story a lot. Payne is in top form."

Jennifer Finney Boylan, best selling, award winning author of She’s Not There says:

"No one writes with as much passion and insight about northern Vermont as Stephen Russell Payne. With the meticulousness of a surgeon, and the lyricism of a poet, Payne captures the tenacity and honesty of the denizens of the Green Mountain State's small towns and villages. Reading Payne is like a visit from a good old friend. His tales are always infused with equal measures of humor, wisdom, and love."