Painting by William Hogarth – click to enlarge
Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2011
Black River Chapbook Competition, semi-finalist, 2011
Raymond Carver Short Story Award, semi-finalist, 2011
New Millennium Writings Fiction Prize, 2012
Meringoff Fiction Award, 2012
ABOUT I'M DYING HERE AND OTHER STORIES
Although my characters come from varied backgrounds and range in age from four to eighty, they all wrestle with painful, if funny, misalignments of love and devotion. All are treated with respect and affection although most of their stories expose the warped, emotionally benighted underside of the privileged—professors, Brahmins, an artsy SoHo socialite, a Yuppie at the top of her game—usually through a vexing relationship with a character from a different world. The collection begins with stories about such unlikely encounters, and proceeds to more wrenching familial misfirings, to stories that question such stereotypes as tender children, heartless hunters, beautiful girls, and sweet grandmothers.