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I have published four novels over the last twenty years, and occasionally write book reviews or other ephemera 


My first novel, American Studies, was about a closeted literature professor in the McCarthy era. It won the 1995 Los Angeles Times book prize (Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction) and the 1994 Ferro-Grumley award for distinction in gay writing. My next novel was a riff on the Philoctetes myth, set simultaneously in the ancient and modern worlds. An Arrow’s Flight won the 1998 Lambda Literary Award for gay men’s fiction. Man About Town is a tale about politics and growing older set in Washington, DC, in the mid-nineties. My most recent novel, JD, is a family drama set amidst the social upheavals of the 1960s. My work has been favorably reviewed in the New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, the Times Literary Supplement, and numerous other newspapers and periodicals on both sides of the Atlantic. I have been translated into several languages and am often taught in college courses—usually in the ghetto of the gay literature survey, but occasionally in a classics or history seminar.

Although I have been writing fiction since I was a kid, I did not publish until my mid-forties and have never been part of the academic creative writing community. Until my retirement in 2012, I made my living analyzing federal health policy
 issues. I wandered into this field over thirty years ago, when I took a clerical job at the Maryland health department while awaiting my imminent success as a novelist. I moved on to work for Congress and a couple of think tanks. I became an independent consultant in 2001, writing papers for government agencies and for organizations such as AARP, the American Cancer Society, and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

I live in Philadelphia with my husband, Bob.  I have a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. in American Civilization from Brown University.

 Photo by Bob Ashe. Moiré pattern by accident.