Short Works



Selected Personal Essays

"Eye Trouble"
An essay about my own visual problems and the difficulty for anyone of making unique experience clear to others.

"Drowning the Children"
A personal essay about writing despite interruptions

"Fever"
An essay about junior high school during the McCarthy era

"The Vandercook" in the PEN/O Henry Prize anthology, 2012
Selected Short Stories

“The Vandercook”
A PEN/O Henry Prize-winning story

“Brooklyn Circle”
A modified excerpt from the novel Nothing Is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn

"The Odds It Would Be You"
A Pushcart Prize-winning story

"Innovative Methods"
New Haven Noir, edited by Amy Bloom
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Selected Essays on Writing and Literature

"Henry Green's Wartime Novels," March 2018

"Women Taking Charge," August 2016

"Not Telling," March 2014

"Tillie Olsen and the Writing of Fiction," February 2013

“Silence and Storytelling,” February 2009