In Pilgrims, a band of motherless children torment each other on Thanksgiving day. In The Isabel Fish, the sole survivor of a drowning accident takes up scuba diving. In When She Is Old and I Am Famous, a young woman confronts the inscrutable power of her cousins beauty (Aida.
That is her terrible name. Ai-ee-duh two cries of pain and one of stupidity). In The Smoothest Way Is Full of Stones, the failure of religious and moral codes - to protect, to comfort, to offer solace - is seen through the eyes of a group of Orthodox Jewish adolescents discovering the irresistible power of their burgeoning sexuality.
Third Place Winner, 2003 Discover Award, Fiction