I am excited to share this new book with you.
LIBRETTO FOR “MY LAI” (KRONOS QUARTET):
I have created the libretto for a new operatic monodrama by composer Jonathan Berger of Stanford University. Commissioned by the Kronos Quartet / Kronos Performing Arts Organization, this piece explores the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam in 1968, through the character of Hugh Thompson, the helicopter pilot who intervened in the massacre that morning.
My Lai will be part of Kronos Quartet’s 2017-18 season, coming to Singapore, Brooklyn (BAM), University of Iowa, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. For a glimpse of this season, click here.
My Lai has been performed both on October 10, 2015, at Stanford University, and at the Harris Theater in Chicago on January 29, 2016, by the Kronos Quartet, Van Anh Vo, and Rinde Eckert. Mark DeChiazza directed, and created the beautiful set and video design.
OTHER RECENT NEWS:
My short story “Halliday’s Treasures” appeared in CATAMARAN in the Spring Issue 2016. This is my first short story to be published. I am pretty new to this form, and I have to say, I’m in love with all of its challenges now.
In addition, my novel The Beauty of Ordinary Things won an Honorable Mention at the 2016 Los Angeles Book Festival!
WORK IN PROGRESS:
I am writing short stories, toward a story collection, Halliday’s Treasures.
SOMEONE NOT REALLY HER MOTHER, new edition:
I am so happy to announce that the new edition of my novel Someone Not Really Her Mother came out in summer of 2015. Revised and freshly edited, this novel about love and creativity in the face of Alzheimer’s has been published by the superb indie press Atelier26, which also brought out my novel The Beauty of Ordinary Things.
Originally published by Dutton in 2004, and winning recognition by the San Francisco Chronicle, Good Morning America, and more, Someone Not Really Her Mother tells the story of a French woman, now living in Connecticut and suffering both from Alzheimer’s and from the trauma of her girlhood in war-torn France and England. Composed of seven tightly interlinked stories playing with point of view, this book addresses the powerful subjects of Alzheimer’s and the Holocaust through human and lyrical lenses.