Bit Players (on Stealing Time by Mary Grimm; Watch with Me and Six Other Stories of the Yet-Remembered Ptolemy Proudfoot and His Wife, Miss Minnie, Née Quinch by Wendell Berry; In the Walled City by Stewart O’Nan; and The Good Doctor by Susan Onthank Mates)

Erin McGraw is the author of six books of fiction, most recently Better Food for a Better World (Slant Books, 2013). She is professor emeritus at the Ohio State University and lives with her husband, the poet Andrew Hudgins, in Tennessee.