About the Book
Author: Nancy Christie
Genre: Short Stories
Number of Pages: 231
Synopsis: “Girl,” my mama had said to me the minute she entered my hospital room, “on the highway of life, you’re always traveling left of center.” (from Traveling Left of Center)
Nancy Christie’s is a hypnotic, lyrical voice that captures your heart with its deep, rich humanity. InTraveling Left of Center and Other Stories, Christie writes about what happens when people face life situations for which they are emotionally or mentally unprepared. The characters in these eighteen short stories are unable or unwilling to seize control over their lives, relying instead on coping methods that range from the passive (The Healer) and the aggressive (The Clock) to the humorous (Traveling Left of Center) and hopeful (Skating on Thin Ice). But the outcomes may not be what they anticipated or desired. Will they have time to correct their course or will they crash? What happens when people face life situations for which they are emotionally or mentally unprepared? They may choose to allow fate to dictate the path they take—a decision that can lead to disastrous results.
Included in this collection of short stories are the critically acclaimed Alice in Wonderland and Annabelle.
Christie does a remarkable job of bringing her dysfunctional characters to life in just a few pages. She's able to draw readers in and help them experience the emotional anguish so vibrantly felt by her characters.
Each tale is heartfelt and moving in it's own special way. The first story (which shares the books title) Traveling Left of Center uses a bit of humor to portray the obsessive nail painter who lacks self-worth and seeks it in the arms of many men. As her past continued to repeat itself, I was left shaking my head. The Sugar Bowl is the story of a pathological liar named Chloe who keeps men at bay by relaying painful stories about her grandmother's bowl. One night one of the men calls her bluff and Chloe is left broken, battered and bruised, but the minute she sees the kind eyes of the police officer her lies begin again. I could only find pity for the life Chloe had created for herself.
These are just a couple of the compelling tales that make Traveling Left of Center a unique and fascinating read. I definitely recommend picking up a copy.