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Heirlooms begins in the French seaside city of Saint-Malo, in 1940, and ends in the American Midwest in 1989. In this collection of linked stories, the war reverberates through four generations of a Jewish family. Inspired by the author’s family stories as well as extensive research, Heirlooms explores assumptions about love, duty, memory and truth.

Selected Stories

“Generations,” Fifth Wednesday,
“Block Party,” Bellingham Review, issue 68
“Old Order,” Midwestern Gothic, 12.
“New Leaf,” south85journal.com
“Caving,” Crab Orchard Review, 13.3
“Heirlooms” Water~Stone, 8
“Surrogates,” New Letters, 70.2
“Saint-Malo, 1939,” The Gettysburg Review, 14.2

Essays

“End of the Line” (essay) Lunch Ticket, Winter/Spring 2014, lunchticket.org
“After Long Winter,” The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art, ed. Chernick, Myrel and Klein, Jennie, (Demeter Press)
“The Missing,” About What Was Lost: Twenty Writers on Miscarriage, Healing and Hope, ed. Gross, Jessica Berger. (Plume)
“Breasts: A Collage,” (essay) It’s A Girl!: Women Writers on Raising Daughters, ed. Buchanan, Andrea, J. (Seal Press)

Reviews and Interviews

“Great Expectations” (book review), Literary Mama, Spring 2014
“Vivid Stories of Those Whose Voices Are Not Usually Heard” (book review) Chicago Tribune 10 Oct. 1999, Section 14:4
“Lorrie Moore’s Sad and Funny Characters” (book review) Chicago Tribune 4 Oct. 1998, Section 14: 3
“Twilight and Other Stories” (book review), Indiana Review, vol.15, no. 2 http://www.workinprogressinprogress.com/2011/05/guest-in-progress-interview-with-jean.html