I am very pleased to share that my short story, “Siren Song,” has been published by Adelaide Literary Magazine. Please read on, and I’ll tell you all about it!
The inspiration for the story was a conversation between a high school classmate and me about the breakup of his youthful, ill-advised marriage.
I remember the conversation very clearly. It was the summer of 1975, and we were standing in front of my parents’ house on Maple Park in Enosburg. The more he talked, the more I knew I would steal his story–all the while thinking, You should know better than to tell this story to a fiction writer–but please don’t stop.
The other elements of the story came from own experiences: living in the East Ocean View section of Norfolk, Virginia in the 1970s before urban renewal, the ill-fated headquartering of the Cousteau Society in Norfolk, and living in Berlin, New Hampshire for a year in the early 1980s. The duplex in the first Ocean View photograph is very similar to the place I lived; mine was dirty yellow cinder block rather than dirty green.
The Alchemy of Story
Berlin, New Hampshire
Former James River Paper Mill
Siren Song: Calypso
Norfolk, Virginia: East Ocean View
There is one line in the story that I took verbatim from my classmate that day in front of the house on Maple Park. Can you tell which one it is?