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Story in Ecotone Anthology

AstoriatoZion3DforLookoutweb_000My short story “The Way You Hold Your Knife,” originally published in Ecotone and a Distinguished Story in The Best American Short Stories 2012, is included in the new anthology Astoria to Zion: 26 Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First Decade. Featuring an introduction from Ben Fountain and stories by Kevin Brockmeier, Steve Almond, Benjamin Percy, Edith Pearlman, Marisa Silver and others, the collection highlights stories about place. (Inexplicably, my story seems to be the only one about bog mummies.)

Posted in News on March 5 2014· Tagged: , , ,

New Story in Michigan Quarterly Review

MQR.2013.Summer-620x926  I have a new story, “Dead Turtle,” in the summer issue (just out now in November) of Michigan Quarterly Review. Yes, it is about a dead turtle. This is a print journal — order it (it’s amazing!) or seek it out in the periodicals room of the savviest college libraries.

Posted in News on November 22 2013· Tagged: , , , , ,

New Stories from the Midwest

new-stories-midwest-sketch-1My story “Peter Torrelli, Falling Apart,” originally published in Tin House in 2011, is included in the New Stories from the Midwest anthology, available now from Indiana University Press.

Posted in News on March 15 2013· Tagged: , , , , , ,

Two nominations for 2013 Pushcarts

Many thanks to both New South and Michigan Quarterly Review for nominating short stories (“Our Plastic American Brethren” and “Cross,” respectively), for the 2013 Pushcart Prize!

Posted in News on December 9 2012· Tagged: , ,

New Story in Michigan Quarterly Review

My latest short story, “Cross,” is out in Michigan Quarterly Review, both in print and online. Read it here… and please read the rest of this fabulous journal too!

Posted in News on September 6 2012· Tagged: ,

Story in Best American ’11 Praised in Boston Globe

The Boston Globe reviews The Best American Short Stories 2011, singling out my contribution (a story that originally appeared in Tin House).

From the review: ‘In “Peter Torrelli, Falling Apart,’’ one of the best in the collection, Makkai draws comparisons between the deteriorating artistic world and her characters’ lives. Drew and actor Peter have been friends since childhood; when Peter’s life degenerates, Drew risks his career to help him. Makkai’s stories have been included in “BASS’’ four consecutive years.’

Read more here.

Posted in News, Reviews on October 16 2011· Tagged: , , , , ,

Rebecca’s work in BASS ’11 singled out for raves by Chicago Tribune

The Best American Short Stories 2011 is finally out, and the Chicago Tribune put this ridiculously nice spotlight on my story “Peter Torrelli, Falling Apart.” From the review: “It’s easy to see why editors love her work: It’s crisply written and fast-moving, with plenty of nifty observational details. But there is also an underlying seriousness, a thoughtful and sometimes even heartbreaking moral core.” Buy the entire collection here — it looks fabulous this year!

Posted in News, Reviews on October 2 2011· Tagged: , , , ,

“The November Story” on This American Life

“The November Story,” originally published last year in Crazyhorse, was featured on Public Radio International’s This American Life on August 26th. Click through here to hear me read the story (with funky radio music!) or to download the podcast of the whole episode. To read the entire (longer) story in print, including extended scenes about Markus the sculptor and his heart-shaped cage, order a back issue of the Fall, 2010 issue of Crazyhorse here. “The November Story” is part of my collection-in-progress, tentatively titled Music for Wartime.




Posted in Uncategorized on August 30 2011· Tagged: , ,

New Story in Ecotone

A new story, “The Way You Hold Your Knife,” is out now in the spring issue of Ecotone! You can read the beginning here, and buy the journal or subscribe online to read the rest.

Posted in News on June 5 2011· Tagged: , ,

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