It’s publication day for my new novel, In Our Other Lives!!! Writing this book took me to Stuttgart for three months, Lisbon, Jaipur, New Delhi, many times to Chicago, and to new places with my writing in creative and personal ways I doubted were possible. It’s always strangely bittersweet to publish a new book—but I’m excited for you all to read the story and hopefully love it at least a tenth as much as I do.
This is the book I began while on fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude, writing around 200 pages of the first draft over an intense seven-week period. Special thanks to Maxi Obexer and Jean-Baptiste Joly for bringing me there. Also, to the creative writing department at Creighton University, where I was an MFA student during this period and was encouraged to experiment with voice, perspective, and other ways to manipulate reader experience. Also, to the emergency department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for letting me shadow ER nurses and doctors for a day. This was a fun one to research.
If you’re inclined to purchase a copy, my sincerest thanks. For bargain hunters, order here, or support local booksellers here. For a signed copy, order here.
Here are some choice photos from my last couple weeks hanging out in Portugal and Spain! The Disquiet International Literary Program is what brought me to Lisbon–and I had a blast with the other participants with all the events and bar nights–but I was also able to fit in a couple side trips too. It’s been pretty great to recharge spiritually before my first novel comes out in a few weeks. (Have I mentioned Kings of Broken Things yet? Order now!) On the spiritual restoration score, mission accomplished! But my body is a little beat up. So much fun though.
At Sole e Pesce with CCB, Lisbon.
Miradouro breakfast, Lisbon.
Green sea rocks, Cascais.
2D sculpture, Barcelona.
Golden Gate Bridge, sort of, Lisbon.
Cais das colunas, Lisbon.
Crazy sea boulders, Cascais.
View from Aljube, Lisbon.
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcantara, just around the corner from my place in Lisbon.
Jamón in Barcelona.
Church at Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Lisbon.
Mural in Bairro Alto, Lisbon.
Beautiful views in Cascais.
Sagrada Família, Barcelona.
The rocky outcrop we sunned on at Cascais.
Praça do Comércio, Lisbon.
Bookmobile parked outside our visit to the US Embassy, Lisbon.
On the Tagus River with Amina Gautier.
Beach in Cascais.
Beach drinks, Barcelona.
Sardine tapas at Sol e Pesce, Lisbon.