Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis
These connected stories highlight the Bermans, a loving Jewish family who has left Russia behind for the promise of Toronto. The reader follows young Mark Berman through childhood on into young adulthood as he discovers what it means to be Jewish and what it means to be a man. Each story is elegant, streamlined and deeply moving. With stories first published in The New Yorker, Harpers, and Zoetrope, I highly recommend this collection.
- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.