My bullet-point review of Julie Sarkissian’s debut novel Dear Lucy is up on the Ploughshares blog. Here’s how it begins:
Genre:literary fiction, debut.
Concerning: Lucy, a young woman whose different way of seeing and behaving has compelled her image-conscious, frustrated mother, Mum mum, to abandon her on a farm.
And: Samantha, a pregnant teenager on the same farm.
And: Missus and Mister, their caretakers. (And later, kidnappers of Samantha’s baby.)
And: two maybe-magical animals, namely, a talking baby chicken named Jennifer and a silent Yellow Eyed Dog.
In other news, I’ll be teaching at Richard Hugo House’s Write-O-Rama tomorrow. This will be the third time I’m pitching in for a fun day of mini-lessons and writing frenzies, with proceeds going to Hugo House. My mini-lesson will include reading Cynthia Ozick’s story “The Shawl” and thinking about how objects in fiction can take on tremendous power. Check out all the fabulous class descriptions here and come by tomorrow between 10 and 5!
I’ve recorded a brief excerpt from the opening to my novel Dirty and uploaded it to SoundCloud. You can listen to it right here:
In case you missed it, an essay I wrote about my novel was featured in Airplane Reading.
This Sunday at 2 pm, I’m reading at the kick-off event for the South Sound Writers’ Reading Series in Des Moines, WA with five very talented women that I met through ArtistTrust: Lynn Knight, Kristen Millares Young, Patty Kinney, Claire Thornburgh, and Judith Gille. The series is organized by another very talented woman, Jannát Bey, and will take place at the Des Moines Library: 21620 11th Ave S, Des Moines, Washington 98198. I’m looking forward to the field trip out of Seattle.
Then on Monday is the launch party for issue #2 of Pacifica! The theme, Sea Change, has brought some gorgeous art and writing our way. Join us at the Pine Box at 8:30. Fun!