I am in the midst of revising my new novel ms. The Beauty of Ordinary Things for publication. This is a novel about human and sacred love, and love’s bafflements, circa 1973. My two central characters: a Vietnam vet from a large Irish Catholic family near Boston, and a young Benedictine nun. More info soon!
Some of the inspiring books I’ve been reading recently include Enchantment, the newest collection of beautiful stories by Thaisa Frank; Debra Dean’s gorgeous, poignant novel about a Russian saint, The Mirrored World; Sebastian Barry’s On Canaan’s Side, a sharply honest and lyrical novel told in the voice of an elderly woman; and William Trevor’s understated, slowly compelling Love and Summer. I’m looking forward to reading Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table.
I have also been enjoying my editing and development work with many writers, including a Bay Area writer Deany Brady, whose remarkable memoir An Appalachian Childhood is approaching completion.
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Guest Blog Posts
“Walking Through the Hedge” – an essay on Meg Waite Clayton’s site, 1st Books: Stories about How Writers Get Started.
"Two Achilles Heels" and "I Love All Things Irish"-- blog on The Well-Read Donkey, Kepler's Bookstore:
"My Life as a Writer"