August and Everything After

I have just returned to Brooklyn, after a wonderful ten days in the beautiful nation of Georgia. 

This starred review from Library Journal was a nice welcome home present.  I also discovered that my first ever stab at a craft essay, about the use of dreams in fiction, has been published at the Tishman Review

The winding streets of Tbilisi and the warm waters of the Black Sea are already just a memory. Now I need to crank out some syllabi for the fall semester, and buckle down to promote the Sea Beach Line, which drops in just under two months. In the meantime, there are more advance copies being given away at GoodReads. And of course, if anyone wants to do an interview, write a review, or invite me to read at your series/ event/ book club/ synagogue/ house, get at me.

Me at the robotic Nino and Ali statue in Batumi. Named after the title characters from the classic Azeri novel by Kurban Said (aka Essad Bey, aka Lev Nussimbaum).

The grave of Oksana's great-grandfather, a Red Army officer and World War II hero, in the Jewish cemetery in Tbilisi.