Her debut novel, The DNA of You and Me, was published by William Morrow, HarperCollins, March 12, 2019. It has starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal


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The man walks into my house. Tall and absurdly young, he has come to inspect my roof, and possibly fix it. My roof is over eighty years old and likely to be the only flat roof in Seattle.
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They say a woodpecker never returns to its place of birth. But that is not true. My father told me a story, long ago.
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It's strange how we got lost. A while ago there was solid ground beneath our feet and houses every which way we looked, and now there are none.
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The bird lay shivering on the lawn, their faces reflected dark and alien in his button eye. The other eye, the one on the left side of his head, was shut, or possibly gone.
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Entries make me uneasy. I dislike the shift in speed induced by Earth's gravity, the subtle but recognizable odor of decay and the gust of freshened air that's puffed into the spacecraft to mask it.
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My mother had hidden my Pink Floyd disk again. I didn't know where, but after searching the house I concluded that the disk must be outside, concealed beneath the snow, or across the fence, where the garage bins stood.
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Room 302 was pitch-black. At half past seven the lights had gone off. A rattling of metal could be heard throughout the narrow space, rising in unison from all three hundred cages.


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I live in the North Shore of Long Island, the setting of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.
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The property of life on Earth to push beyond the boundaries of its habitat is immemorial, and no doubt etched in our DNA.
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As a novelist with a science background, I can attest to the importance of verisimilitude in fiction.