“Reading is on the threshold of the spiritual life” – Marcel Proust

NewYork City, July 2022
Reading David Copperfield, circa 1980
…and today.

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I’m a writer of literary novels and short stories with a distinctly Catholic worldview. I’ve made three complete trips through In Search of Lost Time–a family record—but I also love contemporary literature, including Aimee Bender, Miriam Toews, Nicole Krauss, Cynthia Ozick and Rachel Cusk. Some of my favorite discoveries over the past year have been reissues from the New York Review of Books: W.G. Sebold, Anna Seghers, and Teffi. I strive to read fifty to sixty books a year, and I enjoy writing book reviews.

Currently Reading/Recently Read:

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich

Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams

Works of Mercy by Sally Thomas

Absolute Music by Jonathan Geltner

Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, S.J.

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson

Lessons by Ian McEwan

The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty

You have a Friend in 10A by Maggie Shipstead

Bilbao-New York-Bilbao by Kirmen Uribe

Yesterday by Juan Imar

The Years by Annie Ernaux

Behold, A Guided Advent Journal for Prayer and Meditation by Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT

Last Things, First Things, and Other Lost Causes by Joshua Hren

The Furrows by Namwali Serpell

Dislocations by Sylvia Molloy

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

The Betrothed by Allesandro Manzoni

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Foster by Claire Keegan

Eastbound by Maylis De Kerangal

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

But Now Am Found by Patricia Horvath

Return: A Guided Lent Journal for Prayer and Meditation by Fr. John Burns

The Birthday Party by Laurent Mauvignier

Sonnez Les Matines by Jane Clark Scharl

The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams

The Famished Road by Ben Okri

Seren of the Wildwood by Marly Youmans

I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai

The Good Death of Kate Montclair by Daniel McInerny

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

The Beach by Cesare Pavesi

Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

The Seventy-Five Folios and Other Unpublished Manuscripts by Marcel Proust

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