THE EX-PAT - An American photographer boards a bus for Canada on Inauguration Day 2017 and strikes up a friendship with a 70-something gay music producer in Montréal. Their relationship defies the conventions of ageism through a dynamic, intergenerational friendship and empowers their activism in a charged political climate where the future of both young and old are at stake.
HOUSE OF DISCONTENT examines the elusive nature of intimacy. The novel opens in New York with the implosion of a 23-year marriage. When their steady course is rocked by conflict, they attempt to pump some oxygen back into their relationship. This disturbance leads to paralysis and leaves a trail of destruction in its wake. The dilemma of rebellion or revival brings them to those untidy places, surrounded by wreckages of the past, the beast of the present and the oblivion of a future they cannot own.
PARADISE AT H/ER FEET - Neurochemist Azra Kiani returns to Pakistan on a Global Health grant to study mental health conditions at madrassas. While there she meets Yusef, a vulnerable, adolescent boy, whom she adopts and brings back to the U.S. When her research on a holistic treatment for depressive disorders finally proves out and the study is published in the Journal of Psychiatry, she disappears. Fearing for their safety, her colleague flees to Montreal with her son. The story shuttles back and forth between Azra's attempts to identify her abductors and locate her son, and the painstaking process of Yusef as he sheds his fundamentalist ideals to navigate the minefield of her transgender identity.
While the characters live life on the threshold, their perspectives are skewed by profiling. Profiling is the driving force. We profile our loved ones. Society profiles us. Our government profiles other nationalities and religions. We’re profiled by our government. Sometimes profiling is intentional and sometimes its unconscious. Truth is elusive and this is the dilemma at the heart of Paradise at H/er Feet.
SEPTEMBER 10TH– A shell-shocked architect disappears after 9/11 in pursuit of anonymity on the streets of New York. From the alienation of homelessness, the novel moves into the private lives of a family unexpectedly reunited. ...MORE
SLOW REVEAL—Finalist in the Heekin Foundation James Fellowship. A film editor attempts to reconcile her marriage and deal with her two grown daughters, an artist and a drug addict, after a 20-year extramarital relationship with a poet but when her love for the poet prevails, she faces the deception she’s lived with all those years. ...MORE
DEATH DEFYING ACTS--Stories that speak to the indomitable human spirit. An unlikely character from one story becomes the central character of the next. A young woman writes her obituary, her will, a press release about her death before she commits suicide. While fixated on reruns of the Sopranos, an elderly man has a heart attack and a near death experience with Tony Soprano. After a long, protracted bout of cancer, a woman succumbs to the afterlife. A young hacker has an affair with a suburban housewife after she pushes him out of the way of an oncoming bus. A cat runs away from home after her owner does a hit and run, killing a beloved deer she had befriended. A man who loves his juice is given a second chance by his reformed lover. A terminally ill man is harangued by his two best friends who insist on expediting his death as he had instructed, only to be confronted by a change of heart. A desk clerk at a hotel in East Bumfuck falls in love with a man who has come to purchase a red Jaguar in the waning days of his struggle with AIDS. ...MORE