Published Works

⎯⎯ Novel ⎯⎯

“Exhilarating . . . Exiles vividly reveals the difficulty of making moral decisions, and the importance of bonds between people, in a complex world few Americans see.”
James Levine, author of The Blue Notebook

“A deeply moving tale of a father and daughter cast adrift in Nepal . . . Exiles shines a steady, compassionate light on the rootlessness of contemporary America.”
Stephen Batchelor, author of Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

In Exiles, American cardiologist Peter Scanlon takes his 17-year-old daughter, Alex, to Nepal in order to work in a free health clinic for a year. Kathmandu serves as a meeting ground for exiles and expatriates from many places including Tibet, and their encounters leave Peter and Alex disillusioned but wiser about their own culture and the bigger world. At its heart, Exiles is a meditation on loss, forgiveness, and healing in our lives.

Exiles was named one of the best books of the year by the Chicago Tribune.

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⎯⎯ Short Stories ⎯⎯

Glimmer Train (Summer 2010) – “Elaborate Preparations for Departure.” Winner of the Glimmer Train Fiction Open.

Mississippi Review (Summer 2010) – “The Meat Line.” Winner of the Hackney Literary Award.

American Fiction (Fall 2010) – “Voyeuse.” Runner-up, American Fiction award.

Southern California Review (Fall 2010) – “Understanding the Sky.” Winner of the Southern California Review award.

Tampa Review (Summer 2011) – “Inheritance.” Finalist for the Danahy Award.

Sycamore Review (Summer 2011) – “Flatwater.” Second prize, Hackney Literary Award; finalist for the Wabash Prize.

Zymbol (Spring/Summer 2013) – “The Goddess, Lonely.”

Salamander (Summer 2016) – “Oxygen.”



⎯⎯ Essays & Articles ⎯⎯

My essay, “A Few Words About Conflict,” appeared in the June 2011 Glimmer Train online bulletin. Here’s a link to it: A Few Words About Conflict

Here’s a link to a piece I wrote for the Glimmer Train website in 2009, while I was at the University of Arizona, about writing, teaching, and craft: One Perspective on Learning to Write

This is a piece I had in Lion’s Roar, a Buddhist journal, in March 2020: Where Is My Brother?