Selected Short Stories

Alan at the Kirschbergs'

Alan at the Kirschbergs'

A consummate wanderer, his mysterious tingling, and the people who take him in.

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The Lobster Mafia Story

The Lobster Mafia Story

Murder, marriage, miscarriages, and a girl who likes chocolate chip cookies. Pushcart Prize winner and Boston's 2012 One City One Story selection

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These Wildernesses

These Wildernesses

A break-in, a guilty father, too many ladybugs, and a pet raccoon.

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What is Alaska Like?

What is Alaska Like?

Seedy motel, clams, lust, and a chambermaid.

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Lotto

Lotto

A small city, a strange friendship, dirty magazines, old love. Pushcart Prize winner

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The Prize

The Prize

Radio adventures in South Dakota, doughnut lust, and real men.

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Selected Essays

Book Review

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

A Call to Hands

Elle.com

Speaking Volumes: On Aharon Appelfeld

Moment Magazine

Are You My Mother? On Motherly Abandonment in Literature

The Millions

Confessions of an Inner Beauty

MORE Magazine

Jewish Mail-Order Brides on the American Frontier

Tablet

The Three-Month Itch

The New York Times Magazine

Book Review:

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo Campbell 

Book Review:

Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg