A Museum

Every inch of the cozy 1200 square foot home had been painstakingly preserved to reflect, as much as possible, the original splendor of its 1988 purchase. Aside from the carpets that had been left threadbare and stained by decades of pets and so could not possibly be kept, all flooring, wallpaper, and furnishings were present, … More A Museum

Beautiful Spectre

The room was filled with vacant seats, save for one. Front and center. His back was to her. Fierce curls splayed in a perfect crown, caramel skin juxtaposed with pristine white fabric. She needn’t see his face to know it was him, as impossible as that was. Her hands trembled at her sides as she tried, in … More Beautiful Spectre

The Complex Nature of Truth: The Heirs by Susan Rieger

  To children, their parents are just that- individuals who live to serve their offspring with benevolent transparency. At some point, as we get older we are able to peer beyond the veil a bit and accept the fact that our mothers and fathers had lives and goings on completely independent of us. The level … More The Complex Nature of Truth: The Heirs by Susan Rieger

Art & Consequence: Edan Lepucki’s Woman No. 17

A woman in her early 40’s and one in her early 20’s cross paths with interesting repercussions in Edan Lepucki’s new novel Woman No. 17. Lady, a not-so-aspiring author and wealthy mother of two, hires Esther, a cynical art grad in the throes of her most recent project, to care for her three-year-old son while she … More Art & Consequence: Edan Lepucki’s Woman No. 17

Star-Crossed Intensity: White Fur by Jardine Libaire

  Jamey and Elise were never meant to be together. And yet, the universe seems to have orchestrated a collision between the Yale-attending heir to a  sizeable fortune and the mysterious vagrant with disheveled braids and thickly-lined eyes, all while equally-powerful forces attempt to rip them from their hard-won bliss. A Reagan-era, adrenaline and sex-fueled Romeo and Juliet, White Fur brings the … More Star-Crossed Intensity: White Fur by Jardine Libaire

An Outsider’s Perspective: Mexico by Josh Barkan

As I have likely mentioned before, I’m a sucker for a short story collection–something about unraveling the thread that links the seemingly disparate characters and tales– so I all but jumped at the chance to review Josh Barkan’s Mexico: Stories. In it, Barkan, a celebrated writer and Creative Writing professor who lives part-time in Mexico … More An Outsider’s Perspective: Mexico by Josh Barkan

An Excerpt

  As discussed in my previous post, I have been writing–randomly and erratically–but writing all the same! Current word count for actual first draft of novel: 23, 199. We live baby, yeah! Now that I have my plot outlined, I’m currently working on developing the back-story of my protagonist. Here is an excerpt (that admittedly … More An Excerpt

A Novel Approach: Writing Literary Fiction in Reverse

One day in the not-too-distant past, I sat down and made myself start writing a novel. There was an internal storm that had been gathering within for some time that I was too lazy and defeatist to do anything about–ideas, diatribes, inspirations, musings left to swirl around in under-utilized recesses. But for no specific reason, … More A Novel Approach: Writing Literary Fiction in Reverse

A Tempestuous Read:Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

           If you’ve never heard of Margaret Atwood , welcome to the planet Earth. Please allow me to show you around. I jest, but the woman has nothing short of 40 major works under her belt, ranging from dystopian fiction, to children’s books, to literary criticism and other non-fiction books on writing … More A Tempestuous Read:Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood