In my story collection, WE LOVE ANDERSON COOPER, characters undergo transformations that challenge our notions of what it means to be male or female. A boy trades religious faith for fame when he comes out at his bar mitzvah. A failed fine artist tattoos magical breasts on cancer survivors. A mother discovers she prefers a wild cat to the child she longed for. A young girl masquerades as a boy to please her religious father. A woman tries to discover whether she was housekeeper or wife to the man who left her penniless.
One of the stories, “The Infidelity of Judah Maccabee,” aired in December on NPR’s Hanukkah Lights special, hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. “A Cat Called Grievous” is forthcoming in Electric Literature’s Required Reading. Other stories have appeared in Witness, Bellevue Literary Review, Blackbird, and Brain, Child. The stories have received honors and have been performed on stage.