Circle City Blues
on Sep. 19, 2010
I found Susan Wells Bennett’s Circle City Blues to be an enjoyable read. I was immediately drawn into the long-haul truck driving life of Declan “Mac” MacDougall and his soon-to-be-ex wife Kirsten. As this reluctant trucker drives the interstates, he works through his heartache while meeting friends, foes , and perhaps - new loves. The character of Mac is a courtly, “knight of the highway” who is fiercely loyal and a defender of the less fortunate. Ms. Wells Bennett so engagingly portrays Mac that I felt that I could walk into my local Waffle House and find him sitting at the counter with a slice of apple pie and a “cuppa joe”. The other folks in this tale are orthodox characters expected in the “chick lit” genre, but with quirky twists; such as the Las Vegas drag queen who gives up the glitter to ride the roads or the pixie science fiction author who finds romance in an eighteen-wheeler. As the poem “Piazza Piece” by John Crowe Ransom with which Ms. Wells Bennett introduces this charming tale suggests, Mac must recognize that he needs to “seize the day “ (trusting as little as possible in the future)” to find contentment. And as an engrossed reader, I was hopeful with every page that he would achieve his goal.