"Echolocation" is Out in the Spring Issue of Copper Nickel

“Echolocation” is the last story in my collection of interconnected stories, Inheritors, due out from Doubleday in 2020. Like all the other stories in this collection, it was written in the context of the whole, but also to be read in its autonomy. I’m so very pleased to see it in Copper Nickel, its perfect home, I think. Check out the issue — it’s packed with range and variety!

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"Willow Run" is one of two companion stories to "Allegiance," first published in the Hudson Review.

Do you know ‘Willow Run’?

Yes, ‘willow’ as in the tree, ‘run’ as in the verb. Of course, I had no idea what it meant then, or what he—the soldier—meant by it. But I liked the sound—willow run—like something wispy, something escaping. Looking back, I have to laugh. But at the time? I’d repeat the words, so cumbersome on my tongue. Many women took to reciting the sutras. But in that situation …. I’m sorry—was there some way you wanted me to begin?

Read it here.
Check out the other pieces in Witness's Summer Issue here.

"Train to Harbin" IS out in The Hudson Review's New Writers Issue

"Train to Harbin" is one of the two companion pieces to "The Visitor," which appeared in the 2013 O. Henry Prize Stories.

I once met a man on the train to Harbin. He was my age, just past his prime, hair starting to grease and thin in a way one might have thought passably distinguished in another context, in another era, when he might have settled down, reconciled to finishing out his long career predictably. But it was 1939. War had officially broken out between China and Japan, and like all of us on that train, he too had chosen to take the bait, that one last bite before acquiescing to life’s steady decline. You see, for us univer­sity doctors, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We all knew it. Especially back then.

Read the story here.
Also check out the other two stories in the New Writer's issue here.

"Allegiance" is out in The Hudson Review

A special thank you to everyone at Hudson, especially Paula Deitz and Ron Koury for letting me obsessively revise until the last possible moment.

He was a man of principle, Masaharu told himself. After all, he’d kept his head, even in the midst of that nonsense war...

Read it here.
You can also read the New Pages review of The Hudson Review here. ("Allegiance" gets a small mention too.) 

"The Visitor" is out in The Antioch Review Summer Fiction Issue

There is something about receiving an acceptance phone call (as opposed to an email) that adds to the flush of excitement. The call from Antioch happened as I was walking into a Staples in Chicago. It was the momentary confusion that preceded the surprise that made that call wonderfully -- memorably -- stressful.

He came around noon, this man, this soldier, who called himself Murayama. At first I thought he had come, like so many of them, to beg for food, or inquire after the whereabouts of someone I may or may not have heard of, but this soldier, this Murayama, had come clutching a piece of paper, claiming to have known our son, Yasushi...

Check it out here, or read it online through your library.