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Beautiful West Texas viewed from above

My orchid in Paris 2010

Au Jardin des Plantes, Paris 2010

Barton Springs 2009

Hawk in the Library of Congress. Photo credit to come.

Reports of a sort

January 18, 2011

January 18, 2011

This time last year, I was leaving for a term of living and teaching in Paris. Now I'm preparing for a month of traveling for the book. My tour is self-designed, based on where my friends are. This isn't strategic thinking exactly but works out well enough. Big cities are New York and San Francisco, and in between, we have Austin, Dallas, Houston, Albuquerque, and in Vermont two stops--in Manchester and Burlington.

The tour includes all the settings for THE MOTHER WHO STAYED. I don't feel sentimental about Albuquerque, just comfortable with the little I know of it. But Washington County, New York, and New York City are emotionally dense for me and I look forward to being there again.

This time of year feels more like a holding pattern than a beginning. In Austin, the skies are gray. It's wet without raining, and cool. But perhaps I'm projecting my own sense of waiting for the pub date and the traveling to begin onto the weather.

My feelings about travel are always the same duo of excitement and fear. No different this time but mixed with the same duo about the publication of my story collection.


  1. January 24, 2011 7:39 PM EST
    This is my first blog ever. Congratulations on your wonderful web site, blog and new book. What a grand beginning for a new year. Inspiring. Bravo!
    - Jane Hilfer
  2. January 25, 2011 10:48 AM EST
    Love the photos, too. I'm so happy you're using social media and blogs. Your style as always elevates its surroundings.
    - Babette

The Mother Who Stayed

Story Collections
Winedale Books, 2001.
"Furman’s portraits of her characters are rich in telling details, showing them utterly and convincingly rooted in their worlds. Her luxuriant histories of grief are sure and exact, drawing the reader in and rarely loosening their grip." The New York Times Book Review
Viking Press, 1983
"The stories in Watch Time Fly are deceptively simple; they illustrate the way in which masterful skill can disguise itself as an innocent lack of literary self-consciousness." –Wendy Lesser, The New York Times Book Review
Summit Books, 1986;
reissued by Winedale Books in 2000
"Tuxedo Park is the best entertainment imaginable, rich in plot and event, pulling the reader from page to page as powerfully as the most suspenseful thriller. But it's also good literature. It's finely crafted, each character lovingly, carefully wrought, each scene meticulously colored and every detail palpable.... This is a book that first catches your eye and then grabs your heart. It hangs on and won't let go." — Anne Tyler, USA Today
Viking Press, 1982
Winedale Books, 1996.
"Ordinary Paradise shows how a devastating loss, acknowledged or not, can seep through the family psyche." —The New York Times Book Review
Edited Collections
“Widely regarded as the nation’s most prestigious awards for short fiction.” —The Atlantic Monthly

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