Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanks to Beth Kephart, Books On the Night Stand,

It's a special privilege when a writer whose work I admire reads my books and raves about them. Such was the case when author extraordinaire, Beth Kephart, recently read my story collection, Women In Bed. Beth is the author of seventeen books. She's up for several awards this year, and has been a National Book Award finalist in the past. Her newest novel--Small Damages--slayed me with its gorgeous language and story set in southern Spain. Next for me is her book, Handling The Truth, which is about writing memoirs as well as the relevance and beauty of memoirs and what they offer us as readers. Here's what Beth said about Women In Bed.

More thanks are due to the wonderful Books on the Nightstand and Ann Kingman's expressed love for the stories in Women In Bed.  (She "devoured them.") She invited me to write a guest essay, so I wrote about fairy tales because they sparked my passion for short stories. You can read what  Ann says (and my essay) here.

Finally, special thanks to editors for naming Women In Bed one of 12 must-reads this fall. I was in good company. (Others chosen include Jhumpa Lahiri, Elizabeth Gilbert.) Here's the link: