Invisible Traffic: Stories About When Life Hits You Like A Truck
by Zinta Aistars for WMUK 102.1 FM radio Southwest Michigan's NPR affiliate Arts and More program My WMUK 102.1 FM Arts and More interview with Deborah Ann Percy:
Deborah Ann Percy
In Deborah Ann Percy’s short story “The Woman Who Loved Paul Simon.” The main character has just about had it with her dinner date at a nice restaurant on Lake Michigan. Here's an excerpt:
Allison smiles and speaks slowly because she knows she’s no longer on safe ground with him, "Paul Simon’s songs have words about being alone, about giving up trying to find someone to trust." "That wouldn’t be much good for dinner." Allison stirs her coffee. She wants to tell him how wrong he is, about how the music is good for everything because it’s true. But then the evening will end shortly after dinner. She smiles as she does for Rob’s clients, "How’s the red fish? Everyone says it’s good here."
The story is from Percy's new book of short stories called Invisible Traffic. Percy will read from the book at Michigan News Agency in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Wednesday, October 30, at 6 p.m.
Invisible Traffic and Good Mothers
Percy says the stories in Invisible Traffic all take place near Lake Michigan and they're predominantly about women - especially women who are good mothers.
"There are some wonderful women writers who write stories from a woman's point of view, but too often I think a woman has to be a bad mother to be the subject of a literary story. I don't think that's true," says Percy. "I think being a good mother, making the decisions you have to make to be a good mother and make your children safe and healthy, is just as hard."
There's a lot of variety in Percy's stories: a husband who drops his wife off at a store and then disappears, a child who swims dangerously far, one night stands, domineering friends.
But if there's one uniting theme, Percy says it's ...