6.17.2009

The Bridesmaid

My collection of short stories, Ms. Yamada's Toaster, has been listed as a finalist in two first-book competitions:

The Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction from Sarabande Books, and The 2009 Hudson Prize from Black Lawrence Press.

I'm encouraged by the positive feedback because this was the first time I had put my work together in book form, to be considered as a whole. I agonized over the order of the stories, which to include and which to leave out, wondered if they would hang together as an entity, rather than just feeling like a bunch of one-offs slapped together with a binder clip. Now I'll go back through the book and see how I can strengthen it. Maybe one day, it'll the be the one in white.

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