Little Lisa Marie, a short story by Julie Showalter, is now available online. My previous advisory, that while Julie herself was sweet & funny, her short stories are made of sterner stuff, is especially pertinent to Little Lisa Marie.
Tomorrow, I plan to post the audio file of Sharon Solwitz, an award-winning, extraordinarily talented writer, reading this same short story, Little Lisa Marie. I personally found reading Little Lisa Marie and hearing it read two moving but different experiences. I also think Sharon’s opening comments about Julie’s refusal to compromise the characterization of the narrator are particularly insightful.
Update: Now posted at Little Lisa Marie: A Reading From An Afternoon With Julie
Julie’s Unpublished Writing comprises pieces I found on Julie’s computer or in her office after her death that range from workshop exercises to story fragments to projects set aside to finish at a later day to work that appears, at least to me, to be fully as polished and effective as her published stories.
Little Lisa Marie by Julie Showalter
Julie Showalter was the fiercely intelligent, sexy, and loving woman with whom I had a outrageously wonderful marriage that ended with her death in late 1999 from cancer diagnosed the week of our wedding nearly 20 years earlier. She was also a brilliant scholar, the mother of our two sons, and a prize-winning author. Many posts on this blog are about her and still others consist of her writings. Julie’s Story is the account of our unlikely romance, Information can be found at Julie Showalter FAQ.
Note: Originally posted May 20, 2006 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of AllanShowalter.com