THE BOOK: To the Left of the Microwave
THE AUTHOR: Lisa De Niscia
THE EDITOR: Many of these stories were published in magazines, so they went through some editing by various editors.
THE PUBLISHER: Whitepoint Press
SUMMARY: A few of these stories are about mother/daughter relationships, a few are about the politics of reproduction, and a few don’t fall neatly into those categories.
THE BACK STORY: I decided to put together some stories that had been published, some that hadn’t been published, and one 10 minute play that was part of a staged reading series.
WHY THIS TITLE?: The title has nothing to do with the collection. One day my partner asked me where something was, and I told him, “It’s to the left of the microwave.” He said, “That’s a good title.”
WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? If someone’s interested in stories from a feminist point of view, this is a book to read.
“Less is more,” the protagonist Deborah tells her friend in the beautifully realized story “Seat Belt.” And in Lisa De Niscia’s often funny, often heartbreaking collection TO THE LEFT OF THE MICROWAVE, this seems to be Ms. De Niscia’s writing philosophy as well. Most of the stories (and one play) are brief and minimalistic, but their impact is stunning.
“We meet a 16-year old girl, disdainful of her mother but in total fear of being without her; a literacy volunteer who winds up learning a bigger lesson than she ever intended to teach; a 13-year old who, by story’s end, knows more about loyalty and unconditional love than the adults she studies through her front window. ‘Seat Belt’ may be the biggest pleasure of all. It’s a tale of interracial love, and of prejudice coming from a very unsuspected place. To tell more might spoil De Niscia’s carefully constructed plot; I’ll let readers discover the joy of this story for themselves. (review on Amazon)
AUTHOR PROFILE: The most beautiful place I’ve lived is Alaska, and the most eye-opening place I’ve lived is Saudi Arabia. I enjoy facilitating an ESL Book Club at the Los Angeles Public Library, and I have lots of fun creating vegan meals.
WHERE TO BUY IT: Online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google Play, etc.
PRICE: $16.00 paperback, $7.99 ebook