[hear the author read this piece by clicking this link.]   Their hosts in the south of France, the Clayburns, had asked Roger and his wife not to bring the babies with them. But Malcolm was only two-and-a-half, and Travis just six months. Roger and Claire felt they didn’t have much choice. Or Claire felt […]


In formulating his conceit for the novel Drain, Davis Schneiderman takes a page from forbears such as Kurt Vonnegut, whose agents of apocalypse are treated as perfectly ordinary matters of fact.

Drowned Boy

Jerry Gabriel’s characters seem to spring from the cracks in the sidewalks, allowing the town’s young boys to break forth into manhood by way of their upsets on the baseball fields, basketball courts, and the unforgiving Midwestern lakes.