Two New Reviews of Scandamerican Domestic

Two really exceptional reviews of Scandamerican Domestic came out in the past few months:  one by writer Amy Day Wilkinson for the Missouri Review and another by writer Brigit Kelly Young for Great Lakes Review. A particularly lovely note from Amy Day Wilkinson’s review: “What’s interesting is that the initial impulses in Merkner stories are often familiar parent impulses—flirt […]

2015 O.Henry Prize Stories Anthology

The 2015 O.Henry Prize Stories anthology came out today, and it’s truly a humbling event. “Cabins,” originally published in Subtropics, is in there, alongside some of the greatest writers I’ve read. Laura Furman wrote this exceptional introduction to this edition, and one of the three jurors, Michael Parker, selected “Cabins” as his favorite in the collection — […]


The West Chester, PA start-up incubator and lab Walnut Street Labs in West Chester invited me out for a reading from SCANDAMERICAN DOMESTIC and a really nice Q|A about twenty-first century storytelling last week. The audience-collaborators were funny and smart, and the host–the formidable speedster Chris Dima–wore me down until I at last conceded the merits […]