Awards and Recognition for Isles of the Blind:
A 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship
A 2008-2009 Black Mountain Institute Fellowship "for work ranging into international terrain."
Selected in BookRiot's 100 Must-Read Works of Jewish Fiction
Awards And REcognition for This Is Not Civilization:
A New York Times Paperback Row Selection
Maria Thomas Award for Best Peace Corps Novel
Alaska 2010 Book of the Year
A BookSense Summer 2005 Paperback Reading Pick
A Top 10 BookSense selection
A Borders Books Original Voices Selection
Shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize in Literature
A Publisher's Weekly First Fiction Selection
A TimeOut New York Emerging Voices Selection
A Miami Herald "Best Literary Offering of the Season"
A Tucson Public Library Southwest Book of the Year
A Powells Bookstore #1 Staff Pick of 2004
One of Library Journal's "Season's Most Successful Debuts"