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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.

McSweeney’s Recommends

May 10, 2013

The stories in Kane’s new collection are a revelation. They’re somehow solemn and mature in one turn while smiling and ennobling in another. There’s a quiet realism in them, the kind you read on your patio at twilight, the kind with a humanity that accepts how hard it is to trust people and know people and be near people but then also keeps love and fulfillment right there within grasp. It’s good to find these.” The “McSweeney’s Recommends” citation for This Close.

2nd Printing!

May 2, 2013

My publisher told me this morning that This Close has gone into a second printing. I’m thrilled and so grateful to everyone at Graywolf Press for all the hard work that goes into making a book of short stories sell.

Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

April 22, 2013

This Close has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. There are so many wonderful collections on this list, which is here. The shortlist will be announced in late May.

Ann Arbor News

April 10, 2013

A brief interview in my hometown paper. My reading at Nicola’s was a highlight of the tour so far.

Necessary Fiction

April 10, 2013

Delighted to contribute a “Research Notes” piece to Necessary Fiction. It made me think hard about where my stories come from.


April 10, 2013

A brief interview about writing. I really liked these questions.

Chapter 16

April 3, 2013

This review of This Close by Sarah Norris is one of my favorites. The ending: “The experience of visiting these characters is comparable to opening the twelve small windows of an advent calendar only to find, one after the other, that the emotional resonance of peering into the scenes is so familiar it’s startling. These people are strangers, yet we know them; their grasping for connection, to themselves and to one another, is specific and personal. The house they live in could be your own house—it’s that close.” Click to read the whole review.

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