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Ws The opening story Sugar Among the Chickens Is Amazing I Would Have To is amazing I would have to it among my favorite short stories of all time Very well written and very very funny The remainder of the book however does not compare I was on an all girl football team that "was much fun than this Nordan reminds me of O Connor in this collection He knows that normal "much fun than this Nordan reminds me of O Connor in this collection He knows that normal only an idea that everyone is a freak in some way and it is in examining that freakishness that the most universal aspects of humanity can be revealed All of these stories are very good but Sugar Among the Chickens is almost brilliant The title alone The story is full of one hysterical line after another THE STORY DOESN T RELY ON THEM TO WORK story doesn t rely on them to work they make the story ust that much amazing I mean where do you get lines like I had been fishing for an hour and still hadn t caught anything I was fishing for chickens Gold Absolute gold My friend Nathaniel Calhoun recommended this book and I concur that it is a treasure The narrative detail of the stories reminds me of my brother Tom s work and I hope that some of my speechies will use the story for competition pieces I consider myself a Nordan fan but this collection of stories was terribly disappointing They meandered around a bit but essentially went nowhere Even side show freaks and eunuchs running amuck couldn t make these tales memorable Sigh Something of a mixed bag of short fiction Lewis Nordan s The All Girl Football Team is a For Episcopalians Sugar's mother spends her days creating imaginary lives for models in her Sears and Roebuck catalog Daddy keeps a black suit with the words Rock 'n' Roll Music spelled out in seuins on the back hidden in his closet Sugar searches for a way to grow up with dignity and finds resources he never knew he. .
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Lim volume of stories about the south Taken as a whole it s an uneven and slightly off kilter collection with the individual stories ranging from decent to good Several of them including this collection s two best stories the title story and Sugar Among the Chickens take place in Arrow Catcher Mississippi a small town that s "something like a Lynch movie a trailer of dwarfs next door Episcopalians roaming around the country in a van "like a Lynch movie a trailer of dwarfs next door Episcopalians roaming around the country in a van a mom who invents lives for models in a Sears catalogue These are the most off center of Nordan s stories and they re all slightly connected with references often getting repeated between stories perhaps a draft of a novel These stories Are The Best Part Of This Book the best part of this book Nordan s gift for mixing the absurd with the dark there are odd stories that flip from being funny to depressing without changing a beatThe rest of the book isn t uite as good though and keeps this from getting a higher rating Not really recommended but you could do worse when looking for a short story collection Short story collections are difficult for me "since you should really rate them as a wholenot ust one or two that stick "you should really rate them as a wholenot ust one or two that stick I loved a couple liked a few and didn t like one So I suppose that means I liked it I usually done care for short stories with a few exceptions I ust want to read anything I can find by Mr Nordan The Sugar stories stand out far beyond the rest and for good reason Still this is a great collection. Had While fishing for chickens in the yard he lands a rooser on his head instead My parents were proud of me They believed that a man who has worn a chicken on his head would never be a fool to geography or marriage or alcoholLewis Nordan's magical often sidesplittingly funny tales are triumphs of Southern storytelling. Often to me Nordan feels like a guilty pleasure like the Phantom Tollbooth or something pitched far below an adult reading level
#But then his timing is too flawless his characters too lovingly and believably drawn his #then his timing is too flawless his characters too lovingly and believably drawn his too memorable and his bizarreness too unexpected for me to give him the gold star of good subway reading and move on He might actually be a good writerJohn Thomas Bird and The All Girl Football Team Are The Obvious Success the obvious success of the collection and The Farmers Daughter is the fumbleI "of the collection and The Farmers Daughter is the fumbleI t tell yet what portion of the enjoyment I get from this man s stories comes from the fact that I have now read four novels worth of his effort to create one stable well populated fictional counterpart to Yawknapawtapha countyNordan focuses exclusively on the marginal uneducated strange dysfunctional The first half of this collection focuses on the adventures of southern unior Sugar Mecklin while the second is made up of varied stories each with its own set of characters Some of the Sugar stories were a bit boring but otherwise Nordan managed to make me grin snigger and feel physically grossed out as I made my way through this slender volume Essential stories are John Thomas Bird and of course The All Girl Football Team not La criminologie just a ripper title but so arresting I had a dream about it the night after reading With a fair blend of unpredictability and harmony across the stories it s worthwhile tracking down despite its fla. Welcome to Arrow Catchet Mississippi a Delta town whose air is filled with innocence and ripe apples But to Sugar Mecklin a young boy who is the central character in many of these marvelous stories it is also a place where freaks grow like magic from the buckshot and gumbo where eunuchs roam the Delta flatscape looking.