is the author of the novels The Dylanist
, Starting Out in the Evening
, finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award, A Window Across the River
, Breakable You
, and most recently, Florence Gordon
. He is the recipient of the Koret Jewish Book Award for fiction, the Academy Award in Literature from the Academy of American Arts & Letters, and a Guggenheim fellowship. He has also taught at the New School for Social Research and Sarah Lawrence College.