Margot Singer’s collection of short stories, The Pale of Settlement, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (University of Georgia Press, 2007) as well as the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and an Honorable Mention from the judges of the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in the Kenyon Review, AGNI, Conjuctions, the Gettysburg Review, the Normal School, and elsewhere. Her writing has been featured on NPR, anthologized (most recently in The New Diaspora: The Changing Face of American-Jewish Fiction, 2015) and recognized with a NEA Fellowship for prose.
She is currently the Dominick Consolo Professor at Denison University. where she serves as the Director of creative writing and the Associate Director of the Gilpatrick Center for Student Research and Fellowships. She is also the Director of the Jonathan Reynolds Young Writers Workshop, a summer program in creative writing for high school students. She teaches from time to time in the low-residency MFA programs at Queens University in Charlotte, NC.
Margot’s debut Novel, The Art of the Fugue, interweaves the stories of four characters distracted by shock waves of political violence and personal loss: Esther, an American struggling to move on in the wake of the death of her son; her elderly mother, Lonia, whose thoughts are drawn to memories of fleeing Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War; Javad, her next-door neighbor, and Iranian neuroscientist trying to connect with his college-aged son; and Javad’s son, Amir, an urban explorer seeking identity and escape. Esther’s life becomes entangled with her neighbors’ as she grows increasingly attracted to Javad and suspicious of Amir. Following the 7/7 terrorist attacks, Esther wonders whether she should betray Amir to the police. As Esther suffers the consequences of her choice, her story finds parallels to her mother’s past.
Sold to Melville House Press. Publication: Spring 2017.