Featured on the 2016 Kilroys List! Set in rural Vermont, MERIT follows Mona, the only student of color (and Southerner) in her prestigious graduate fiction program. When she befriends distinguished professor Doctor Sive—a demanding divorcee with fatigued sex appeal—the two are called to strike a balance between curiosity and propriety, desire and professionalism. Hilarity and ferocity ensue. Winner of the 2012 Ruby Prize.