Jodi Angel’s first collection of short stories, The History of Vegas, was published in 2005 and was named a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Review Discovery. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, and the Sycamore Review, among other publications and anthologies. Her stories have received several Pushcart Prize nominations, and she was selected for Special Mention in 2007. Most recently her story, “A Good Deuce,” was a Distinguished Story in The Best American Stories: 2012. She grew up in a small town in Northern California—in a family of girls.