winner of the 2007 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize from Texas Review Press
"It's just damned compelling.... This has the feel of a quality Woody Allen film or play, largely because of its spontaneity and freshness.... An artful piece."
— Clay Reynolds, novelist and critic
Arriving at an island resort, Scott and Kate make the acquaintance of an older couple, the Griffins, already tanning on the beach. When Scott agrees to do the Griffins a favor, he sets in motion a series of encounters and dilemmas—both between the two couples and within them. Scott believes it will be an adventure; Kate doesn't like the sound of it. There's something mysterious about the situation. And everyone's language hides secrets. Relying on the rhythms of poetry, Palms is a story about exploration and accommodation, about deciding which stories travel, which to tell.