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SHORT FICTION

"Learning to Crawl" (an excerpt from the novel), published in Voice from the Planet: An Anthology of Living Fiction (Harvard Square Editions: 2010), and available from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.


NOVELS

THE BABY CHASE.  A novel about one couple's struggle with infertility: We were married five years when she talked to her doctor about wanting children. I was a 33-year-old copywriter for an ad agency, and Thaisa, 35, did P.R. for a nonprofit.  We ventured from our two-bedroom condo in L.A. down the path of ovulation predictors, boxer shorts, and lies.  Each month Thaisa grew increasingly morose.  I buried myself in work, and cybersex.  When a prestigious fertility doctor recommended Pergonal to boost my sperm production--then suggested we smuggle it in from Mexico!--my sense of reality took a detour.

(COMPLETE NOVEL AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD FROM AMAZON.COM, BARNESANDNOBLE.COM,  AND SCRIBD.COM)

 

LEARNING TO CRAWL. A comic-romantic novel about Barry Chasen, a 23-year-old struggling writer and the scion of an upper-middle-class New York Jewish family, who's used a wheelchair since infancy, LEARNING TO CRAWL spans one crazy weekend in L.A. when his world falls apart.  Or so it seems. (unpublished)

 

RANK: A NOVEL OF WALL STREET. Inspired by the recent spate of high-finance shenanigans, RANK is an inside look at the intense competition between Wall Street securities analysts as they vie for power, prestige, popularity--and really big bonuses. (unpublished)