Ruth Perkinson Talks About “Piper’s Someday”
As a special treat, the Richmond Lesbian Book Group was joined by author, Ruth Perkinson at the May discussion of her book, Piper’s Someday. Ruth willingly shared some of her personal story amidst the book discussion. Perkinson says she read The Color Purple at age 19 and writing became her lifelong dream.
When asked about her how she works she admitted that she writes “when the spirit moves her” and may go months without writing anything at all. According to her, Piper’s Someday is the story of her youth. Not necessarily in biographical events but in that she “wanted to tell a story about someone who is changed during the story, who is different at the end then they were at the beginning because of all that happens”.
Piper Leigh Cliff is a 12 year old orphan who lives in nothing short of squalor with her alcoholic grandfather in “the grossest looking apartment complex” in a fictionalized version of Goochland County, Virginia. Piper and her 3-legged dog, Someday, fend for themselves, well but unhappily, until a young lesbian couple moves in a few doors down. Piper has no idea that her friendship with Jenny and Andrea will unleash a tide of prejudice and hate from her grandfather and his cross-eyed derelict friend, Clover. And it just seems to go downhill from there, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Perkinson was kind enough to tell us at the very beginning that no dogs were going to die in the course of this book, and I for one, thank her profusely for that; the kid’s life was bad enough. Coincidentally, Perkinson shared that just 4 years after she wrote this story about a 3-legged dog her own beloved dog had to have a leg amputated after surgery so she is now the proud owner and lover of a 3-legged dog and an active supporter of “FETCH a Cure”, a local non-profit organization determined to improve the quality of life for pets particularly those with cancer.
During the discussion Veronica talked about how much she liked the suspense and tension throughout the story and expressed a sincere appreciation for how Perkinson didn’t provide every little detail in the writing; leaving room for her imagination to fill in the gaps. She even blew off some other weekend stuff to finish the book because she was so riveted. I wanted to hear more of Piper’s story, the happily ever after that, hopefully, comes after these first 173 pages.
The Richmond Lesbian Book Group meets at 7:00 PM the second Monday of every month at the Gay Community Center of Richmond to discuss books written by or about lesbians. To learn more and join us checkout our new Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/richmondbookgroup/. Drop by on July 11th to talk about Oranges Aren’t the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winters.
April Brown is a voracious reader for whom writing reviews provides an excellent cover story for the tower of books leaning toward her chaise lounge. She is currently working on two books and slacking off on her blog, http://fearlessspirituality.blogspot.com. April works as a corporate trainer with almost twenty years of experience training everything from HIV/AIDS prevention programs for incarcerated youth in Virginia to health insurance continuing education.
On Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Artworks Galery the Richmond Business Alliance, Wanda Fears, KMI Insurance, and Crowson Promotions will sponsor a Book Signing – Meet & Greet at Art Works Richmond to “Celebrate the Written Words of Richmond’s Gay Authors Ruth Perkinson & B. MacGregor.” This event was rescheduled from February [...]February 28, 2014
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