Dear friends, family, colleagues, and readers,
This marks the first of my quarterly newsletters (or so the resolution goes). I’ll be using these notes to keep you informed of publications, events, and other writing news. In each letter, I will also include a new short piece of writing or an excerpt from something longer.
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The Latest News
The most exciting news on the horizon is the upcoming publication of my second novel, The Behavior of Love. It will be released from Scribner on May 14, 2019. I will always encourage you to pick up a copy (or two) from your local bookseller, but it’s also available for pre-order on Amazon. Readings and events are in the works, and I will write again with details once they’re finalized. For now, I’m simply excited to get to launch this novel in my hometown of Helena, Montana, where most of the book takes place.
Doctor Ed Malinowski believes he has realized most of his dreams. A passionate, ambitious behavioral psychiatrist, he is now the superintendent of the Boulder River School and Hospital and finally turning the previously crumbling institution around. He also has a home he can be proud of and a fiercely independent, artistic wife, Laura.
But into this perfect vision of his life comes Penelope, a beautiful, young epileptic who should never have been placed in his institution and whose only chance at getting out is Ed. As their relationship grows more complicated, and Laura stubbornly starts working at the hospital, Ed must weigh his professional responsibilities against his personal ones and find a way to save both his job and his family.
A love triangle set in one of the most chaotic, combustible settings imaginable, The Behavior of Love is an incredibly compulsive, poignant exploration of marriage, lust, and ambition.
Other Writing Updates
2018 saw the German publication of Work Like Any Other, and I’m thrilled to announce an upcoming French graphic-novel interpretation due out in late 2019. You can follow the incredible illustrator, Alexandre Widendaele, on Instagram (@alex.w.inker) and see the characters come to life. Here’s a sketch from the courtroom:
2018 also saw the publication of my short story “Bloodlines” in the anthology Pie and Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze. Edited by Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon, the book is a great collection of writing about pie, whiskey, or both. It includes work by Anthony Doerr, Steve Almond, and Elissa Washuta, among others, plus original pie and cocktail recipes. It’s out from Sasquatch Books and available just about everywhere books are sold.
And Something New
Inspired by the terrible fires we’ve seen lately, I’ve started working on a piece I’m calling “Love in the Fire Season.” I have no idea where it will go—whether it will be a short story or a novel or something else entirely—but here’s an excerpt:
And that’s it for now. Look for another newsletter in early April, and please feel free to reach out anytime before then. Happy New Year!