New Medium Post: On Trying Hard: Four Months in Canada

I have a new post up at my Medium blog on life in Canada after a few months:

On Trying Hard: Four Months in Canada

Is it May already? I’m asking, when May is already almost gone. Maybe it’s the persistent fog and rain of a Toronto spring that has me confused; it feels like I’m only just waking up from the long bearish sleep of winter, with occasional peeps of summer sunshine emerging one day a week. I don’t know yet if this rainy, overcast few months is typical, but Toronto, you haven’t won me over weather-wise.
There are compensations, though. Delicious baked goods in too many patisseries to count that I’ve been sampling all over the city. Good independent bookstores with great readings. Margaret Atwood, resplendent at a book-signing, warning and reassuring all at once…

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“The Home for Buddhist Widows” wins a Pushcart Prize!

Very exciting news: my story published in West Branch last year, “The Home for Buddhist Widows”, has won a Pushcart Prize! It will appear in the Pushcart Prize Anthology next year. Thank you, West Branch, for taking a chance on this story! I’ll keep readers posted on when the anthology becomes available.

THE DEVOTED sold to WW Norton!

I’m so excited to report that my novel, THE DEVOTED, has been acquired by WW Norton. It will be a book! I’ve worked on this story for quite a while and there’s still more work to do in the months ahead. I’ll keep you posted on when to look for it.