In the wake of Katrina's devastation, a Jewish man looks back on his secular NOLA childhood.


Michael Parker

Michael Parker

Michael Parker is the author of five novels—Hello Down There, Towns Without Rivers, Virginia Lovers, If You Want Me To Stay, The Watery Part of the World and two collections of stories, The Geographical Cure and Make Me Stop Now.  His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various journals including Five Points, The Georgia Review, The Idaho Review, The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, Shenandoah, The Black Warrior Review, Trail Runner and Runner’s World.  He has received fellowships in fiction from the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Hobson Award for Arts and Letters, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. His work has been anthologized in the Pushcart, New Stories from the South and O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia, he is a Professor in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


  • book: Virginia Lovers

Delphinium Books Authors

EBooks by Delphinium Books

ABOUT Delphinium Books

  • Founded in 1986 by Cecile Engel and Lori Milken, Delphinium Books is committed to publishing original, important voices, both fiction and nonfiction. Our purpose is to recognize excellence in writing, and thereby bring it to public attention. The publishing house's first effort, Delphinium Blossoms, an anthology featuring a broad array of writers, such as E. L. Doctorow, Grace Paley, Russell Banks, and some first-time authors, established Delphinium's reputation as a home for quality writing.

    Major book reviews and support from booksellers and librarians have contributed to Delphinium's growth and distinction. Its unique distribution relationship with HarperCollins allows for editorial autonomy paired with the resources of one of the globe's leading trade publishing houses. Delphinium's hardcover list has attracted the attention of the major paperback publishing houses. Sales of paperback rights to Ballantine, Penguin, and Houghton Mifflin attest to the industry's interest in the writing of such authors as Barbara Lazear Ascher, Helen Yglesias, Joann Kobin, and the internationally renowned novelist Francesca Duranti. Delphinium is especially proud of the critical acclaim accorded to Rosina Lippi's Homestead, winner of the 1999 PEN/Hemingway award for best first fiction.

    With its mandate to provide a rich venue for exemplary writers of our generation, Delphinium proudly offers its readers the best in quality literature.