New Fiction up at storySouth

I’m thrilled to share that a piece of my short fiction, “Field School,” appears in the new issue of storySouth! I’ve read this journal for a long time, so seeing my gal in their “pages” is a special pleasure. For years, I’ve been over-identifying with contract work archeologists, and this story is my love letter to them.

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Review of New Louise Erdrich Novel

Every time I review a Louise Erdrich book, I learn something new about what gifts novels can give us, how they can expand and concentrate our understanding. Today, my review of Erdrich’s new novel, The Sentence, is up at Chapter 16!

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New Feature on Environmental Writing in TN

I’ve written for Chapter 16 for a long time, but I’ve have never had the chance to write a piece like this. Here, in “Among the Pollinators,” I wanted to discover how TN writers are engaging with our environment, particularly at this time of overlapping crises. Many thanks, Maria Browning and Chapter 16, for the space to roam out and write with some scope about this subject!

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Review of New Richard Powers Novel

I’m so glad I had the chance to review the new Richard Powers’ novel, Bewilderment, out tomorrow from W.W. Norton. Thank you, Chapter 16! From my review (read it here): “Though Bewilderment is intergalactic in scale, the heart of this novel dwells in the most intimate space we know–in the profound vulnerability that’s asked of us when we attempt to love another person without deception or illusion.”

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Review of New Maggie Shipstead Novel

I was so grateful to review Maggie Shipstead’s new book, Great Circle, for Chapter 16. I love this expansive, adventurous novel, and I hope it finds oceans of readers. My review’s up at Chapter 16 today.

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New Short Fiction at Rappahannock Review

I couldn’t be more excited to share that a piece of my short fiction, “The Mouth on Her,” appears today in the new issue of the Rappahannock Review. I’ve got a special affection for this story, and she looks pleased to be in her new digs. You can read the story here in the online issue, and you’ll find a Contributor Q&A with me here. Many thanks to Rappahannock’s terrific editorial staff!

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Review of Anjali Enjeti’s Debut Novel

I’m so pleased that I was able to review Anjali Enjeti’s debut novel, The Parted Earth, for Chapter 16. This novel ranges over decades as it portrays the traumatic legacy that millions of people endured during and after India’s Partition policy. You can read my review here at Chapter 16.

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Review of New Natalie Standiford Novel

For my latest Chapter 16 review, I wrote about Natalie Standiford’s novel, Astrid Sees All. Set in the storied Manhattan art and club scene of the early 1980s, this novel follows an intense friendship between two young women whose desire for experience lead them into adventure and peril. You can read my review here, at Chapter 16.

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New Review of J. Nicole Jones Memoir

I’m happy to share my review of J. Nicole Jones’ debut memoir, Low Country, for Chapter 16. Though on the face of it, Jones’ subject matter—a troubled chain of family dynamics set amid a story-rich background of Southern landscape and legend—may seem highly familiar, but Jones has created a vision all her own. You can read my review here.

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Review of New Nonfiction by Richard Schweid

I’m grateful that I had the chance to review Richard Schweid’s new book, The Caring Class, which gives a thoughtful look at the myriad challenges faced by those who work as home health aides–a crucial job in our culture. Note to teachers: I think this would make an interesting classroom book. You can read my review here. Thanks, Chapter 16!

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