Lynna Williams

Lynna Williams (1951–2017) was an associate professor of English/Creative Writing specializing in fiction and nonfiction at Emory University. Her short fiction appeared in the Atlantic MonthlyLear’s, Crab Orchard Review, and other literary magazines. Her collection, Things Not Seen and Other Stories, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Professor Williams was the recipient of the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship from the University of Texas and the Texas Institute of Letters.

December 09, 1995

A short story from our Winter 1995 issue.

They said adolescent despair; they said anger turned inward; if they were Sidney Grau, M.D., Ph.D, consoling Tansy’s mother by the family's blue expanse of swimming pool on New Year’s Eve, they said troubled child at the end of the twentieth century. But Tansy’s sadness, which was hers and no one else’s, didn’t explain why this pair who looked like her mother and father suddenly had morphed into Mike and Carol Brady on an extended car trip: sharing the road, taking time to smell the flowers, smiling vacant, creepy smiles.