- 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.
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Okay, I read LTC's recommendation, Case Histories by Kate Atkinson and was not disappointed. But certainly wondered if I would get through the slow start. If you can work your way past page ten, you will be rewarded. The design of this is most fun: Atkinson weaves three mystery storylines together throughout the book and the reader slowly learns of things that connect them. The first case is the disappearance of a little girl; the second a shooting of a man's daughter; the third, the mental break of a mother whose need for perfection proves to be her downfall. And there's detective Jackson Brodie, with a mysterious past who is called to solve these cases. Right up to the end, Atkinson keeps the reader guessing. Although due to excellent characterization by Atkinson, I did know who one of the actual killers was before it was revealed. Great fun!