What are you reading this fall?

Hi All, As we head into glorious autumn–my favorite season–there’s no shortage of great fiction to read. Cathy and I have been focusing on a couple of contemporary authors lately. Cathy just finished these two by Elizabeth Strout, both of which she loved…                 …while I just finishedContinue reading “What are you reading this fall?”

Summer Reading

Summertime and the reading is good this year. We’ve selected our seasonal picks, and will surely be spotted toting them on vacation and to neighborhood parks. Here’s what we’ve chosen:  From Karen: My extremely well read sister has shamed me into reading Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. Okay, there are a few holes in myContinue reading “Summer Reading”

Shameless Publication Plug!

From Cathy Hi everyone! A quick note to announce that American Fiction Volume 14—edited by Bruce Pratt and Pulitzer Freakin’ Prize winner Elizabeth Strout—was released today. I’m thrilled a story of mine, which took second prize in their contest, is included. The publisher, New Rivers Press, describes it this way: “Twenty-one new authors evoke theContinue reading “Shameless Publication Plug!”

Stubborn Streak

There is something to be said for that stubborn streak your parents always complained about. “Muleheaded” was, as I recall, my parents’ fave term. That trait has gotten me into more than a few fights and through plenty of standoffs with my kids, and into a fair amount of trouble. It’s also gotten me publishedContinue reading “Stubborn Streak”

A Matter of Perspective

So we’ve all got different tastes in fiction, but I want to share a new novel that I’ve just finished, The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout. So many aspects of this story are moving, but I was particularly impressed with how skillfully and effectively Strout handles multiple perspectives through a third-person narrator. Take a look,Continue reading “A Matter of Perspective”