Andrea J. Nolan has authored two books of non-fiction, Sea Kayaking Virginia and Sea Kayaking Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, both published by Countryman Press. Her Potomac Review essay, “Edges,” was selected as a 2008 Notable Essay by The Best American Essays series and she has stories forthcoming in Flyway, Dogwood, and Alligator Juniper. She has worked as an environmental educator, house painter, naturalist, bookkeeper, English instructor, and owned a Chesapeake Bay sea kayaking guide service. She holds an MFA from Old Dominion University and three recently read (though not all recently published) books she recommends are The River Why by David James Duncan, Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann, and Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung.
In Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories, Edith Pearlman grabs the reader’s attention and never lets it go. In this review, Andrea Nolan looks at some of Pearlman’s first lines and examines how her stories are united through character, theme, and place.