Assorted book reviews

All reviews are published in The Oregonian. 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 McPhee. (September 2007) Four Seasons in Rome, Anthony Doerr. (June 2007) … Read More »


Published in Grim Corps Magazine, Winter/Spring 2013 He regretted giving Mason a gun. For one thing, it was just for show. The power line was safe at night, safer if he’d given Mason a harmless thing to hold—an extra spotlight, something. Case in point: Eli shifted the quad into third to climb Brindle Hill, and as the … Read More »

Beyond 1,001 Nights

Publishers Weekly, Oct. 2, 2015 issue For a clue as to where science fiction and fantasy might be headed next, look to the Middle East, a region whose genre fiction seems poised for a breakthrough in the West. Earlier this year, John Siciliano, executive editor at Penguin Classics and senior editor at Penguin Books, acquired Frankenstein in … Read More »


Published in Crab Orchard Review, Vol. 11 No. 2, 2006 All Stories in Portfolio: Hamsa, Crab Orchard Review Brindle, Grim Corps The Purgation, Oakland Review (text coming soon) Op-Ed

“I Got Duped by Glenn Beck” November 19, 2012 Two weeks ago I discovered, to my surprise, that I had line-edited an early draft of Glenn Beck’s new novel, “Agenda 21.” Glenn Beck! At the time I was working on it, the manuscript belonged to its actual author, a woman named Harriet Parke, who lives a few … Read More » essay

Editor’s Pick, January 2013 Get to Know the Lesbians January 27, 2013 It’s a bit of a long story, how I found myself in pajamas, a gay woman, standing next to my pickup truck in the rain outside of Fort Sam Houston, discreetly ignored by all the hundreds of soldiers driving onto post. The story begins … Read More »

NOVEL: Room 100

  Forty years after a global pandemic, peace and prosperity in Middle East come at a cost—the sick and their descendants, as well as political exiles, are banished to the walled Quarantine Zone. Rabia is a young mother and the daughter of its powerful medical director, and when she threatens to expose her father’s corruption, … Read More »


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NOVEL: The Story Thief

THE STORY THIEF begins with an unlikely scene: in a middling Portland hospital, a stillborn comes back to life, and her skin turns an inexplicable, vibrant cobalt blue. This is the beginning of Elspeth Noura Rummani, though it’s not even close to the start of her own family’s tale. As things stand, her parents are … Read More »

STORIES: The Purgation

Published in The Oakland Review, Alumni Edition IV (Fall 2012) (text coming soon)