Stories, Essays and Commentary

A perfect crime? A half-carafe with a stranger. A portrait leads to an identity crisis. Loss of a corner office induces mid-life crisis. Opposing lawyers fall in love. These are some of my storylines. My fiction addresses such subjects as estrangement and belonging, the ways immigrants adapt, disability, social transgression, self-delusion, mental illness, genetic testing. My enjoyment of mystery and humor is reflected throughout.
Photograph of Adrian Spratt
After graduating from Amherst College with a degree in English and earning my law degree from Harvard, I practiced law for twenty years (mostly in consumer protection) before dedicating myself to my original ambition to write fiction. On these webpages, I present a blog and samples of my other work.

Here are a few pointers for how to navigate my website. On this homepage, you’ll find links to the six most recent blog posts. For a list of the most recent 25 posts, click on the “Blog” link. The “Stories” link takes you to samples of my fiction and also a memoir excerpt. The “Essays” link takes you to samples of my work in that genre.

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A lawyer can hardly resist an opportunity for a disclaimer or two. No statement on this website constitutes or is intended as legal advice. Also, resemblance of any person, living or otherwise, to any of my fictional characters is strictly coincidental. Even in my nonfiction, names have been changed and biographical details altered, and often traits of several people are combined into a single character. The exceptions, apart from myself, are inescapably my parents and brother, and I can only hope I’ve done them justice. Any other exceptions are noted.