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February 27, 2018

A new short story called “Dirt Church” will appear in the Winter 2019 issue of Zyzzyva.

New novel!

February 27, 2018

I sold my second novel, Rules for Visiting, to Penguin Press in the US and Granta Books in the UK. It will be published in May 2019 (and in the UK shortly thereafter). It’s the story of May Attaway, who, at 40, worries if “friends are the family we choose,” as the adage goes, she hasn’t paid enough attention. She embarks on an odyssey of sorts, visiting each of her old friends, one by one, over the course of a year. Trees are important to the story (for reasons I can’t reveal) and the extraordinary writer/artist Edward Carey has done tree drawings to illustrate the book. I am so excited to share these when I can. More soon about the novel as things start to happen. Cheers!

London reading of “The Report,” the play

February 26, 2018

In June 2017, the play by Martin Casella based on my first novel had a staged reading in London. I flew over to see it, and the whole thing was an amazing experience. I hope to have more news soon on The Report‘s journey to stage and screen.

“The Report,” the play, premieres at the New York International Fringe Festival

September 29, 2015

It has been too long since I updated my website, but exciting things have been happening. The play by Martin Casella based on my first novel premiered at the 2015 New York Fringe Festival to sold out shows and rave reviews. At the end of the festival, Casella won the Outstanding Playwriting Award.

The Story Prize

January 28, 2014

I’m thrilled to announce that THIS CLOSE was long-listed for The Story Prize. News of the award, won this year by George Saunders for Tenth of December, is here.

Flavorwire: The 10 Best Short Story Collections of 2013

December 10, 2013

THIS CLOSE makes Flavorwire’s top 10 list of Best Short Story Collections of 2013.

NPR’s Best Books of 2013

December 2, 2013

I am delighted to say that my story collection, THIS CLOSE, was named a Best Book of 2013 by NPR.

Elon University & The Center for Fiction

December 2, 2013

I had the enormous honor of being a Visiting Writer at Elon University a few weeks ago. The English Department hosted me for three days and I got to meet students, run workshops, give a reading, and judge a story contest (the first place story was outstanding). I’ll be teaching again this spring, a 6-week short story workshop, at the Center for Fiction in New York City.

Poets & Writers

June 6, 2013

A little bit of writerly advice for the Writers Recommend feature at P&W.

The Atlantic

May 28, 2013

For the “By Heart” series in The Atlantic—in which writers write about a favorite literary passage—I wrote about a section of Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations.

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