Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Memory Thief

I have a new story, "The Memory Thief," in the latest issue of Atticus Review.

This one is a bit of a departure for me. It begins like this:

"Then Duncan decided it was time to steal Sara’s memories."

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Novel News!

Well, it happened: my novel Believers recently sold and will be published by Algonquin Books.

Here's the announcement from Publishers Lunch:

"Andrew Roe's BELIEVERS, about a troubled family whose comatose daughter may or may not be performing miracles, and the transformative power of hope on the visitors who line up to see her, to Andra Miller at Algonquin, in a pre-empt, by Michelle Brower at Folio Literary Management."

After years of hard work, it all came together pretty quickly. Throughout the entire process, I was so impressed with my agent, Michelle Brower, who's been very patient and very supportive over the years. 

And I've heard such wonderful things about Algonquin and look forward to working with Andra Miller, who edits Tayari Jones and Caroline Leavitt, among others.

Right now it's looking like the earliest pub date would be fall 2014. 

I'm thrilled beyond words. Just kind of soaking it all in and feeling very, very lucky.

Friday, February 1, 2013

How to Talk to Children About Death

That's the cheery title of a new story of mine over at fwriction.

I also got to pick a song to accompany the story. My choice was Camper Van Beethoven's version of "O Death." I used to joke that it would make a great children's song.

This is another of my more autobiographical parenting stories, and it's a kind of companion piece to my story "Stalling," which was published in SmokeLong Quarterly a while back. In fact, there's a specific reference to "Stalling" in "How to Talk to Children About Death."

Getting intertextual in my old age, I guess...