Marsena Konkle

Marsena Konkle is author of the novel A Dark Oval Stone. She also gives talks on body image to try to combat the media's incessant message that men and women must look a certain way in order to be beautiful. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College and lives and writes in the Chicago area.

Bel Canto (Ann Patchett, 2001)


Bel Canto begins with a kiss that is nearly, but not quite concealed by sudden darkness. A group of people from countries as diverse…