I was raised in Lexington, Mass and have lived in Cambridge, Mass for 46 years, the last 31 of those in the same house. My wife, Majka Maciak, immigrated from Poland in 2008, and together we have four children. Since graduating from Harvard College with a degree in biological anthropology 41 years ago, I have worked as a technical writer in the IT industry.

I started writing stories around age eight. At Harvard I studied writing with Ann Beattie, Monroe Engel, and Grace Mojtabai. My story collection, The Light of Home, was published by Atheneum.  Soho Press published my novels Tree of Heaven and The Soldier in 1995 and 1996.

Following those books my writing career was interrupted for some time, but a renewed effort to write and be read began with publication of Swift River in 2014 and Tree of Heaven (author’s edition) n 2015, Native Child in 2016, and The Vanished in 2018.

What You Can’t Give Me is the first entirely new fiction I’ve written in almost 20 years. If you’re wondering how that happened, read my essay.

I would love to hear from you! Please email me at rcbinstockbooks@gmail.com. You can follow me on Twitter @rcbinstock.