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Michigan author fights hopelessness with humor
'Mackinac Bridge Jesus:' Collection of Essays that Unite and Heal
Originally printed 6/14/2012 (Issue 2024 - Between The Lines News)
Ferndale author Charlotte Fisher will read excerpts from her new book, "Mackinac Bridge Jesus," at State of the Art Framing & Gallery on June 21 at 6 p.m.
Fisher calls the book a collection of "twisted, tender, tragic and comedic" essays of self awakening.
"I was going to title the book, 'Gay, Alcoholic, Spiritually Bankrupt Unemployed Auto Worker: A Love Story,'" she says, "but I assumed that was taken. Instead, I named it after a character in the book."
Fisher's essays are set in Michigan, beginning with her childhood in the early 60s through today. The collection's wide ranging subject matter includes embalming relatives, bra shopping, Sandra Bullock, drinking too much and praying too little; and - of course - worrying about the ever-increasing size of her butt.
Fisher doesn't want people to be put off by the "J" word.
"There are those who might see the name 'Jesus' and think the book is about religion," she said. "Instead it's a story of my spiritual awakening, recovery and learning to live life on life's terms."
She believes the stories touch people regardless of age or gender, because the essays reflect the universal topics of hope, healing and forgiveness.
State of the Art Framing & Gallery owners Veronica Lujic and Nicole Rafaill frequently host events supporting local artists and the downtown Ferndale business district.
"Ferndale's culture is rich with curiosity," said Rafaill. "People have a keen interest in all things creative and diverse. We celebrate self expression in all forms and are honored to help share it with the community."
State of the Art is located at 918 W. Nine Mile Road, in Ferndale. Fisher will read from her new boook June 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at State of the Art, 918 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. "Mackinac Bridge Jesus" is available at http://www.cmyword.com and on http://www.Amazon.com for Kindle and other eReaders. State of the Art can be contacted at 248-582-9999 or online at http://www.StateOfTheArtOnline.net.