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Rachel Lyon

Biography

Rachel Lyon

Rachel Lyon’s short stories have appeared in Joyland, Iowa Review, and Saint Ann’s Review, among other publications. She attended Princeton and Indiana University, where she was fiction editor of Indiana Review. She currently teaches fiction at Sackett Street Writers Workshop, Catapult, Slice, and elsewhere, and is a cofounder and cohost of the reading series Ditmas Lit. SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BOY is her first novel. Visit Rachel at RachelLyon.work.

Rachel Lyon

Books by Rachel Lyon

by Rachel Lyon - Art, Fiction, Literary, Loss, Love & Romance, Photography, Tragedy, Women’s Issues

Lu Rile is a relentlessly focused young photographer struggling to make ends meet --- working three jobs, caring for her aging father, and worrying that the crumbling warehouse she lives in is being sold to developers. One day, in the background of a self-portrait, Lu accidentally captures on film a boy falling past her window to his death. The photograph turns out to be startlingly gorgeous. It’s an image that could change her life, but the decision to show the photograph is not easy. The boy is her neighbors’ son, and the tragedy brings all the building’s residents together. It especially unites Lu with his beautiful grieving mother, Kate. As the two forge an intense bond, Lu feels increasingly unsettled and guilty, torn between using the photograph to advance her career, and protecting a woman she has come to love.