My first book of short stories, Mattaponi Queen, was published by Graywolf Press. Mattaponi Queen was selected by Percival Everett for the Katharine Bakeless Nason Publication Prize for Fiction. You can read more about the contest here and here.
Below are some of the nice things people have said about MQ.
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“Strongly imagined, finely controlled and well-crafted. These stories are good because they are true, true in that way that only good fiction can be.”—Percival Everett, Bakeless Fiction Judge
“Mattaponi Queen was one of the best things I’ve read all year. I looked forward each night to a new story, and by the end, felt as if I’d been sitting in a car or on a porch with a cousin or neighbor, listening to how things went wrong, or how they could have gone right, or how they might still look up. The setting was so perfectly rendered that I saw the river, the dirt roads, the woods, and most of all, the way each character moved in that landscape. The interwoven stories remind me of Annie Proulx crossed with Ernest Gaines—the dry humor, the understatement, and the wonderful dialogue that sounds as if I’m hearing it while sitting on a folding chair in a yard.”—Susan Straight, author of A Million Nightingales