'Tongue-Tied' Wins Iowa Review Award in Fiction

Absolutely thrilled that my story ‘Tongue-Tied’ has won the 2019 Iowa Review Award in Fiction.

Here are some comments on the story from prize judge Rebecca Makkai: “‘Tongue-Tied’ had me uncomfortably pinned by the end of the first paragraph, and squirming by the end of the first page. I love a story where things happen, and this is a story where things both happen and don’t. A lot changes, and yet a lot is left unsaid, repressed . . . Add to that delicate balance an unusual point of view, two loaded relationships, and a sharp, subtle dose of humor, and I had to pick this story. This one will stay under my skin.”

The story will appear in the Winter 2019/2020 edition of The Iowa Review.