In her short book called The Situation and the Story, Vivian Gornick describes one of the most useful and…READ MORE
Hello and welcome to my website—
I’ve sometimes joked that my books all have different fathers. But now that I think about it, Feeding the Eagles and Unforgettable have the same parentage: They’re both collections of autobiographical short stories. Crossing the Moon is a memoir about the conflict I had in my late thirties over wanting to have a child and wanting to be a writer. The Answer to Your Question is a novel about a mother who is blindsided when her son is accused of the murder of four young women.
Feeding the Eagles is about loyalty and honesty, attachment to people and place, love and the inevitable losses of life.
A woman’s struggle to have a child yields a joyful surprise- the birth of a new self.
After raising her son as a single parent, Inga Daudelin, reserved and steady, has accepted her somewhat lonely, quiet life, until she is blind-sided when her son is accused of the murders of four young women.
During my years of writing and teaching, I’ve written many pieces about what I’ve learned, especially from other writers, about the art and craft of writing. I hope you’ll find something of interest here.
Sometimes when I’m critiquing a piece of writing, I find myself trying to describe the indescribable. There are certain concepts…READ MORE
I had intended this piece to be about how brilliant Elizabeth Bowen’s notes on dialogue are, from her essay “Notes…READ MORE
“So much of every art is an expression of the subconscious, that it seems to me most of all the…READ MORE
I first became interested in The Silent Wife in when I read an August 4th, 2013 piece in The New…READ MORE
I read a terrific novel while I was on vacation: Dave Eggers’s Hologram for the King. Since I bought the paperback…READ MORE
Geoff Dyer’s Out of Sheer Rage [Wrestling with D.H. Lawrence] is just about the best non-study of D.H. Lawrence that…READ MORE
This week in the online memoir course I’m teaching, the students are working on characterization, both their own and that…READ MORE
The cover of Minnesota writer Rachael Hanel’s memoir, We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a…READ MORE
Emily Rapp was a creative writing student of mine at St. Olaf College in the early 1990s. She was an…READ MORE