"Like a book written with the wisdom of a 'yankee' Flannery O'Connor, Batterman's stories are filled with satire, and laugh aloud humor; the profound insights she offers up in the quotable saltings of her work are new and stunning." —Deborah Riggs Previte, A Bookish Libraria
Deborah Batterman fills the senses with her poignant, funny observations of family and modern life, drawing the reader in, revealing layers of existence with the nuanced phrase, the apt symbol — Cheryl Snell
. . . National Girlfriends Day, Wed., August 1st.
Today I’m thinking about a red dress. A perfect red, somewhere between fire engine and wine. Fitted button-down bodice edged in a ruffle made from the same soft cotton as the dress. The…Continue
Many years ago, on a trip to Japan, I visited a temple, Shisendo, the “House of the Hermit Poet.” Built in 1642 by Ishikawa Jozan, a warrior-turned-scholar of Chinese literature and poet who lived out his years as a recluse, the gardens and building now encompass a Buddhist retreat. On the second level of the…Continue
The first novel I publish will not be the first novel I wrote. This is not the way I planned it but life, for all the stranger-than-fiction moments it encompasses, does not necessarily follow the narrative arc of a novel. There are things we don’t get to choose. . .…Continue