Three recent book reviews have surfaced. Behold:
All three are great reads, if you’re looking for something to read. If you’re not, they’re still great reads.
(Update 5/20: I also had the pleasure to chat with Courtney Maum about her new novel, Touch, for The Millions. This was our second published conversation. I first got to know Courtney when I interviewed her in 2014 for Publishers Weekly.)
I wrote a little section of Lockjaw Magazine‘s awesome ongoing “Choose Your Own Adventure” story. Start from the beginning here. If you never make it to my contribution, you can find it here.
Reviews: I talked about Diane Schoemperlen’s By the Book in the Spring 2015 print edition of Rain Taxi Review of Books. You can’t read it online, but if you’re headed to AWP, you can pick up a free copy at their table. Also, at Necessary Fiction, I reviewed Shelagh Connor Shapiro’s Shape of the Sky. That one is online.
The newest print edition of Rain Taxi contains my thoughts on Halina Duraj’s story collection, The Family Cannon. And over at Necessary Fiction, I review John Flynn’s Dreaming Rodin. Both of these books are from rather small presses, but don’t think that says anything about the quality of the writing. Duraj’s book is quite good, delving though years and continents to tell the story of a Polish family in America, and the best stories from Flynn’s collection call to mind the short fiction of John Fante.
The past two weeks have been a whirlwind. Thankfully, the semester is almost over. I can almost breathe again.
Over at Numéro Cinq, I have a brief but lovely interview with the amazing Lydia Davis.
And the latest online edition of Rain Taxi contains my take on the short novel Sleeping with Gypsies.
Lastly, I hosted a short story Skype roundtable on Monday, featuring Laura van den Berg, Ethan Rutherford, and Jessica Hollander. You can watch video from the event below: