If you like a mix of science, mystery, colonialism, exotic places, and a dash of violence in your fiction then I predict you'll love Rachael King's The Sound of Butterflies. I did. I was swept away by this mystery of why a butterfly collector returned to his wife from the Amazon, mute and in a state of shock.
Another book I read recently and would recommend is Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle. It's amazing on so many levels. Jeannette tells what is was like growing up with unconventional, self-centered, brilliant, neglectful and unique parents and living in dangerous poverty most of her life. Walls' tells her story with a compassion for her parents and with grace.
- My work can be found in REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, Pank, New Delta Review, and Gargoyle #57, among others. 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. Currently, I'm an Associate editor for Narrative Magazine. In 2011, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.