My 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.)
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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.
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.
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!
“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.