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Invisible Traffic

Deborah Ann Percy

ISBN 10: 0989607151 / ISBN 13: 9780989607155
Published by One Wet Shoe Publishing, 2014
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Title: Invisible Traffic

Publisher: One Wet Shoe Publishing

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Deborah Ann Percy presents a stunning collection of desperate and gorgeous tales, set against the backdrop of Michigan s third coast. Percy's characters are mostly decent middle-class folks who want to live well and do little damage. They abandon those they love and are in turn abandoned; husbands vanish at the corner grocer, wives disappear into momentary affairs, and children swim willfully so far from shore that we despair of their safe return. It is Percy's great characters that move us, as we read purposefully, perhaps a bit wary as we dodge in and out of Invisible Traffic.

"These smart stories are full of surprises. Children get lost, lovers disappear, hearts break in complicated ways. Romantic relationships may be unreliable even decades-long marriages can seem fleeting but Lake Michigan and its beaches and summer cottages remain constant. Percy is a master at choosing the perfect detail of a Chicago apartment or a vacation cabin, the right metaphor. She depicts landscapes and human landscapes in a bright, concise prose style that is a pleasure to read."

--Bonnie Jo Campbell

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Deborah Ann Percy earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Western Michigan University. A book of her short fiction, Cool Front: Stories from Lake Michigan, appeared in 2010 from March Street Press; Invisible Traffic is her first full-length collection. Her plays, and those written in collaboration with her husband, Arnold Johnston, have won awards, publication, and production nationwide. Their books include the following: their full-length plays Beyond Sex and Rasputin in New York; a collection of their one-acts, Duets: Love Is Strange; and editions (translated with Dona Rosu) of plays by Romanian playwright Hristache Popescu: Night of the Passions, Sons of Cain, and Epilogue. Their edited anthology The Art of the One Act appeared in 2007 from New Issues Press. Since 2003 they have written twenty half-hour radio dramas for broadcast on Kalamazoo's NPR-affiliate WMUK-FM as part of All Ears Theatre. They ve adapted and expanded one of their All Ears dramas for the stage, and it appeared in 2013 from Eldridge Publishing as Rumpelstiltskin: The True Hero. From 2009-2012 they were joint Arts and Entertainment columnists for the national quarterly journal Phi Kappa Phi Forum. After a distinguished administrative career in the Kalamazoo Public Schools, Debby is now a full-time writer. Winner of major playwriting grants from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, she is a member of the Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights' Center, and the American Literary Translators Association.

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