Selected Short Stories

Ploughshares

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

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

A break-in, a guilty father, too many ladybugs, and a pet raccoon.
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What is Alaska Like?

Seedy motel, clams, lust, and a chambermaid.
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Lotto

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

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

The Three-Month Itch

New motherhood, an ex-boyfriend, and a cellphone.
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Is My Toddler More Jewish Than Me?

Shabbat services, religious fervor, Halloween, and a doubting mother. Read essay


Featured Story:

The Long Net
Peril, pedophilia, and petunias.
Winner of the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize
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