Monthly Archives: November 2013

Pub Week Re-Cap

Feeling very, very grateful for the reviews + interviews that have gone up this week:

Reviews & Mentions:

Wall Street Journal review.

San Francisco Chronicle mention.

Amazon top 10 story collections of 2013.

O, The Oprah Magazine top 10 books of 2013 (December Issue).

Apple iBooks Best of November.

The Millions review.

Grantland review.

Du Jour review.

Book Riot review.

Interviews & Essays:

Interview Magazine profile.

Kirkus profile.

The Rumpus interview.

Largehearted Boy Book Notes.

“Journey to Antarctica” for The Story Prize Blog.

Research Notes for Necessary Fiction.

The Believer interview.

Other People podcast.

New Reviews + Interviews

Interview with Elliott Holt at Fiction Writers Review. In May, I interviewed Elliott for her excellent debut novel, YOU ARE ONE OF THEM. The circle is now complete.

Interview with Lauren Groff for Omnivoracious. Lauren’s “L. Debard and Aliette” is one of my all-time favorite short stories. Exquisite.

Interview with The Short Form, where they do these nifty author drawings and let me recommend some of my favorite short stories.

Interview with Aspen Public Radio, for their First Draft series.

Esquire has some kind words on ISLE: “A master of the short story creates seven elaborate worlds with beautiful and haunting characters at a time when it feels like most short story collections are pretty thinly plotted.”

Criminal Element says “…every story is told in such beautiful language, you don’t quite realize your heart is breaking until it’s done.”

Chamber Four November Book Radar.



Lists to Love

In some happy post-Halloween news, THE ISLE OF YOUTH is one of Amazon’s 10 Best Books for November! This is especially exciting because ISLE gets to share real estate with Daniel Alarcón AND my beloved Hyperbole and a Half.

ISLE is also a Best Books of the Week pick at Publisher’s Weekly and one of 5 Books to Watch for November at Book Riot.

Thank you kind selectors of books! I eat leftover Halloween candy in your honor.