One Day in the Life of a Born Again Loser and Other Stories by Helen Norris
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Theron Estes, upon returning home from a 90-day stint in jail, is  dismayed to find his two young daughters home alone and a cryptic note from his wife: "I had enuff its your turn." Thus begins the title story of Helen Norris's new collection, a funny yet pathos-filled tale of Theron's bizarre attempt to secure Christmas dinner for his girls.

Norris is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary American fiction. Over a lifetime, she has developed a distinctive style and mastered the short-story form. With an impressive range, she invents and inhabits the worlds of a memorable set of characters both young and old, with authority, sharp insight, and great wit. Her wonderful older women, having found that everyone else's reality has nothing to offer them, claim the right to create their own. Troubled young couples mean well but find themselves heading down bewildering paths. Norris's stories are complex, at turns wry and poignant, playful and amusing, haunting and mythical. A few of these stories are traditionally southern in setting and theme, but Norris works well beyond the boundaries of regionalism, writing stories rooted in contemporary concerns and set in imagined places both rural and urban.



About Helen Norris

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Helen Norris has published four novels: More than Seven Watchmen, Walk with the Sickle Moon, Something More Than Earch, and For the Glory of God; and three previous short story collections: The Christmas Wife (a PEN/Faulkner finalist), Water into Wine, and The Burning Glass. She is the recipient of four O. Henry Awards, two Andrew Lytle Fiction Awards, and a Pushcart Prize. Her story "The Cracker Man" was adapted for the PBS series American Stories, and "The Christmas Wife" was adapted into an HBO movie. The Poet Laureate of Alabama from 1999-2003, Norris lives in Montgomery.
Published April 18, 2000 by University Alabama Press. 216 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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