May is here

Well, May has finally arrived. Although the book isn’t set to officially publish until May 16th, books have already started being delivered, and friends have been texting and emailing me, and posting photos of themselves with my book, which is all so sweet.

There are a lot of events coming up in May, including a reading in Garrison, NY on May 11th and the official launch in NYC on May 16th. Check out the Events tab on this site to find out about all of the upcoming events.

I’ve been teaching creative writing at Gotham in NYC and today they kindly published a 500-word excerpt from my book on their website and in their monthly newsletter. You can read the excerpt here.  excerpt from “The Absence of Sound”

If you want to do something helpful, a review on Amazon for the book is always great, as is a review on Goodreads, Barnes and Noble or any other site that is carrying the book. On Goodreads you can also recommend the book to a friend if you’d like.

I hope to see a lot of you this summer, and I also hope to get a lot of writing done on my next project. So fasten your seatbelts. Here’s to one crazy month of May.


Review from “Best New Fiction”

Here is the link to a lovely new review from Cliff Garstang at “Best New Fiction”. Garstang really picked up on the theme of loss throughout the stories, even more than I had noticed (or intended) myself.

Click here to read Garstang’s review Review from Best New Fiction


Events: First half of May 2017

I will be reading from “The Subway Stops at Bryant Park” at the following venues during the first half of May 2017. Stay tuned for more events throughout May, June and July.

Thursday, May 11th, 7:00-9:00pm The Desmond-Fish Library, 472 Route 403, Garrison, NY. 845-424-3020

Tuesday, May 16th, 7-9pm Book Launch at Book Culture, 536 West 112th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam). West will read from her book and will then be interviewed by author Marie Myung-Ok Lee. Books will be available for sale and there will be wine. 212-865-1588

Thursday, May 18th, 7-8PM Watchung Books, 54 Fairfield Street, Montclair, NJ. 973-744-7177

from Leapfrog

For those of you who are following how a small press releases a short story collection, here is what Leapfrog Press has just posted on their blog about the upcoming launch. Leapfrog is a small publisher with an enormous heart. They have been honorable and hard-working every step of the way, and I hope the book does well as much for them as for me.

Click here to read their blog post.

Kirkus reviews my book


Well this is a thrill. Kirkus Reviews wrote a lovely review of my forthcoming book. It’s a bit of an out-of-body-experience to read the nice things a complete stranger has to say about my stories. They were so private when I wrote them, and now they are out in the world. The book doesn’t come out until May, so this is a trade review for bookstores and people who want to pre-order the book. This is certainly a lovely way to begin this book’s life in the world. 

The Galleys are in


The galleys for my forthcoming book (The Subway Stops at Bryant Park) came in the mail this week. What a thrill. The book comes out officially in May, but now is when we begin to try to create a buzz for the book. I’m sending galleys to something called “long lead” publishers – those publishers who need a long lead time in order to publish a review. So I’m sending them out with personal letters to places like The New York Times Book Review (a girl can dream), as well as venues that might want to sell the book, or places where I might do a reading (libraries, bookstores, cafes, etc.) If you know of any that I should be contacting, say the word.

Beautiful Mom- Audio

My childhood friend Erin deWard narrated a short story of mine, “Beautiful Mom”. It may only be available for a few days as they are posting new work every day in December to promote their audio book site. I’m so tickled though, to have my story read out loud, and to have it be read by such a good dear friend of mine who is so talented is great too.