Early in this novel, there is a wonderful scene—rich with embarrassment—in which Louis Glasser, the altogether unlikely hero, helps his Harvard-educated son buy a new suit. The son’s fortunes founder, but that’s nothing compared to the perils that overwhelm his father—a lawyer who operates on the margins and becomes the target of a criminal investigation. Siegel’s … portraits (loving and otherwise) of the Glassers, New York prosecutors, and various lowlifes are right on the money. --The New Yorker
Full of richly drawn characters and jolting plot twists—Glasser’s time behind bars is especially chilling—Siegel’s debut novel works both as a parable of how quickly the high and mighty can fall, and as gripping drama. “Money” well spent. --New York Post
A photographer who refuses to see people as anything more than the raw material for pictures. A spirit medium who has come to doubt the reality of her conversations with the dead. A deceased polar explorer who cannot quite bring himself to regret the journey that killed him. A disappointed lover who trains a performing bear to read minds. These are the characters that people the novel All Will Be Revealed.
Set in New York City at the close of the 19th century, All Will Be Revealed explores the hidden connections between three Gilded Age obsessions: photography, Spiritualism and Arctic exploration. In doing so, it threads its way among a series of dualities: spirit and flesh, imagination and reality, the human need for connection and the fear of losing oneself in the other.
...Well-turned and elegant... gloriously complex. --Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Siegel is skillfull at incorporating into his narrative many fascinating details about photography and spiritualism... he draws readers into the emotional lives of two stunted people who exploit others' vulnerabilities while failing to understand their own. This well-crafted novel offers both an unusual plotline and richly atmospheric settings. --Booklist
Fiction on the Web
Nonfiction on the Web
"Night in Taiwan," Fourth River, November 2, 2016
"Criminals," The Paris Review, Fall 2015 (listed as a Notable Essay in the 2016 edition of Best American Essays)
Articles, Reviews, Interviews
"A God Who Let Us Prove His Existence Would Be An Idol: Archie Rand, 'The 613,' and the Slippery, Vexing, Kafkaesque Problem Of the Jewish Visual Imagination," The Los Angeles Review of Books, September 19, 2016
"I Think I Would Rather Be a Painter," The Paris Review Daily, August 10, 2015
Work In Anthologies
"The Right Imaginary Person,” in The O. Henry Prize Anthology 2014, Laura Furman, ed. New York:
Anchor Books, 2014
“Why She Stole It,” in Now Write: Fiction Writing Exercises From Today’s Best Writers and Teachers.
Sherry Ellis, ed. New York: Tarcher/ Penguin, 2006.
“Flight,” in Full Frontal Fiction: The Best of Nerve. Jack Murnighan, ed. New York:
Three Rivers Press, 2000.
“Ode to My Backyard,” 27 Views of Wilmington: The Port City in Prose and Poetry,
Hillsborough, NC: Eno Publishing, 2015
“Sean,” in Pushcart Prize XXXVI: Best of the Small Presses, Bill Henderson, ed. New York:
Pushcart Press, 2012.
Hopeful, Complicated Siblings, Elisa Albert, ed. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2010.
“The Sword, the Light and the Nintendo DS,” with Karen E. Bender, in How To Spell Chanukah:
18 Writers on 8 Nights of Light. Emily Franklin, ed. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 2007.