Hi again! I recently found out that my story “Book of the Generations” won the Missouri Review’s Peden Prize for the best story published in their 2017 volume year.
Novelist Elise Juska, this year’s judge, generously said:
The world of the story was so immersive and absorbing, the language so fluid (it felt almost effortless, though surely it was far from it), the characters so fully real. It struck me as a short story with the richness of a novel, one that dealt with universal struggles--with family, and sense of belonging--through such a specific and original point of view. And the last sentence blew me away.
I’m blushing. And so very proud. I love that story, and I love those characters. An interview and full text of the story should be featured on the Missouri Review’s site in a couple weeks. On October 15th, I’ll be reading from the story at the Peden Prize reception in downtown Columbia, MO. Details to come! Yay!!