- 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, Pank, 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 assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. I'm also working on two novels and a short story collection. In 2011, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
"The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox"
Imagine if you could be locked away in an institution simply for being a woman who refuses to conform to her family's wishes. A friend loaned me this novel by Maggie O'Farrell and it was wonderfully gothic and moving. Iris, the main character, gets a call to pick up her great aunt from a mental hospital that's closing but Iris has never been aware of this aunt's existence. It seems Iris's grandmother has kept the secret of her sister quiet her whole life. It's an intriguing, fast read and O'Farrell's prose is spare and cuts to the bone.