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Selected Personal Essays

"Money, Deadlines, and Water"

An essay about finding possibilities for a story – an engine made of trouble – at a boat launch in the Adirondacks for Agni Online.

 

"Eye of the Beholder"

An essay about reckoning with a degenerative eye disease and how it impacts my appreciation for art – on The Paris Review blog. 

 

"The Writing Daughter"

An essay about being a writer with parents who did not anticipate that kind of daughter – in the new journal, Speak.

 

"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

Selected Short Stories

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

“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