What’s next?

In progress is a second novel. In the spirit of John Berger’s From A to X and some of Ursula K. LeGuin’s short fiction, the new novel takes place in an almost-but-not-quite-recognizable Middle Eastern country, where two young men are struggling to escape to the Far East in search of work. What holds them back … Read More »

Review of “A Mercy” by Toni Morrison

American geography is often simplified into two colors along state lines, but Nobel laureate Toni Morrison returns to our variegated past in her new novel, “A Mercy.” The moveable feast of Native American, Dutch, French, Spanish, English and parochial territories is at once alien and intimate, for here is the primordial muck of commerce from … Read More »

Selected book reviews

All reviews are published in The Oregonian. More to be scanned and posted soon–check back! The Mercy Papers, Robin Romm. (January 2009) The Enchantress of Florence, Salman Rushdie. (June 2008) The Translator, Daoud Hari. (April 2008) A Free Life, Ha Jin. (November 2007) The Stylist, Cai Emmons. (October 2007) A Man of No Moon, Jenny … Read More »