bibliography

Novels

  • Novels | Mercury
  • Novels | The Flight of Gemma Hardy
  • Novels | The House on Fortune Street
  • Novels | Banishing Verona
  • Novels | Eva Moves the Furniture
  • Novels | The Missing World
  • Novels | Criminals
  • Novels | Homework

Short Fiction

Learning By Heart
  • October 1986
  • Originally published by Penguin Group, Ltd.

Short story collection. Currently out of print.

Non-fiction/Essays

  • Curiosity's Cats: Writers on Research
  • Bruce Joshua Miller, Ed., 2014
  • Naming the World
  • Writing exercises
  • Bret Johnston, Ed., 2008
  • The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books
  • Essay
  • Peder Zane, Ed., 2007
  • The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books That Matter Most to Them
  • Essay
  • Roxanne Coady and Joy Johannessen, Eds., 2006
  • Now Write!
  • Essay/Writing Exercise
  • Sherry Ellis, Ed., 2006
  • "Mrs. Turpin Reads the Stars"
  • Cincinnati Review
  • Spring 2007
  • "The Longest Hour"
  • Death by Pad Thai
  • Douglas Bauer, Ed., 2006
  • "The Most Scottish Book I Ever Read"
  • Remarkable Reads
  • Peder Zane, Ed., 2004
  • "The Third Servant"
  • Five Points Magazine, 1998
  • Also included in The Business of Memory, Charles Baxter, Ed., 1999
  • "The Hidden Machinery"
  • The Eleventh Draft
  • Frank Conroy, Ed., 1999
  • "A Love Match"
  • A Few Thousand Words About Love
  • Mickey Pearlman, Ed., 1998
  • "Glenalmond"
  • Five Points Magazine, 1997
  • Reprinted in Utne Reader
  • "Diogenes at the Theatre, or the Teacher's Lament"
  • AWP Chronicle
  • February, 1996
  • "Writing Eva"
  • I've Always Wanted to Tell You: Letters to Our Mothers
  • Connie Warloe, Ed., 1997
  • "The Double Life of Robert Louis Stevenson"
  • The Atlantic Monthly, 1994
  • "The Valley of Lost Things"
  • Between Friends
  • Mickey Pearlman, Ed., 1994
  • "How to Tell a True Story"
  • AWP Chronicle, 1993
  • Reprinted in The Best Writing on Writing, Story Press, 1994;
  • Bringing the Devil to His Knees, 1999

Additional contributions

  • The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot (Introduction). Random House, 2001.
  • Kidnapped: or, The Lad with the Silver Button, by Robert Louis Stevenson (Introduction). Modern Library, 2001.
  • The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, by James Hogg (Introduction). NYRB Classics, 2002.
  • Castle Nowhere: Lake-Country Sketches, Constance Fenimore Woolson, Ed. (Introduction). University of Michigan Press, 2004.
  • Sudden Rain: A novel, by Maritta Wolff (Introduction). Scribner, 2006.