You know you’re not in Oregon anymore when strangers don’t make eye contact. And you know you’re in New York when everything gets narrower, dirtier, and darker–starting with the brown tile stairs down to baggage claim at LaGuardia Airport. On my obligatory I’m-here-alive phone call, E said I sounded nervous. I feel fine, I said. … Read More »
What: Backspace Writers Conference Where: The Radisson Martinique Hotel, New York City When: Thursday, May 28 to Saturday, May 30 Details: The conference will be a great learning and networking experience, and from what I’ve heard about conferences, a great drinking experience, too. The goal is to remember the “beer before liquor…” jingle, and oh, … Read More »
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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 »
“My mother was a civil rights attorney. She wore bright red lipstick and heavy gold necklaces. Her eyes defied regular notions of brown. They were brown spoked with gold light, full of judgment and sarcasm and a deep, harsh pleasure … Now, after she takes the pills, I understand I won’t be able to reach … Read More »
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 »
Couched in the drama of a young middle-class family in Seattle is one of those stories that may earn its place next to Richard Bach’s “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,” Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist,” and Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi.” Garth Stein’s third novel, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” (Harper, $23.95, 336 pages), is a … Read More »
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 »