Sugar among the Freaks: Selected Stories

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Introduction by Richard Howorth and foreword by the author. The incomparable Lewis Nordan's first two collections of short fiction--WELCOME TO THE ARROW-CATCHER FAIR and THE ALL-GIRL FOOTBALL TEAM--originally published in 1983 and 1986, have long been out of print in all editions. Collectors' items, these two books are now almost impossible for Nordan fans to find anywhere.To rectify that, Algonquin is delighted to announce a selection of fifteen of the best stories from the two books, newly arranged and ...
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Introduction by Richard Howorth and foreword by the author. The incomparable Lewis Nordan's first two collections of short fiction--WELCOME TO THE ARROW-CATCHER FAIR and THE ALL-GIRL FOOTBALL TEAM--originally published in 1983 and 1986, have long been out of print in all editions. Collectors' items, these two books are now almost impossible for Nordan fans to find anywhere.To rectify that, Algonquin is delighted to announce a selection of fifteen of the best stories from the two books, newly arranged and introduced by fellow Mississippian, bookseller Richard Howorth, and with a foreword by the author. Critics have called Lewis Nordan's fiction "extraordinary" and "marvelous" and "stunning" and "scorching" and "story-telling genius." The selected stories show that genius in the making. "Characters that people the South hobble and dance across the pages of his short stories."--United Press International; "Delightfully eccentric situations and colorful language add up to a work that is even stronger than WOLF WHISTLE."--Library Journal.
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Library Journal
Nordan, a Southern gothic writer in the Harry Crews tradition, is best known for Wolf Whistle (LJ 9/1/93), which managed to turn the lynching of Emmett Till into a black comedy. The present collection reprints stories from two earlier books, Welcome to the Arrow-Catcher Fair (LJ 9/15/83) and The All-Girl Football Team (Louisiana State Univ., 1986), with an informative introduction by Mississippi bookseller Richard Howorth. In "The Storyteller," a typical Nordan tale, a retired football coach sits at a drugstore counter sipping spiked coffee and reminiscing about the execution by hanging of a renegade circus elephant. The coach's boozy digressions constantly introduce new story lines, which are then sustained in a delirious backwater counterpoint. The stories involving Sugar Mecklin, a recurring character who also appears in the novel Music of the Swamp (LJ 8/91), seem at least partly autobiographical. Delightfully eccentric situations and colorful language add up to a work that is even stronger than Wolf Whistle. Recommended for all collections of Southern fiction.-Edward B. St. John, Loyola Law Sch. Lib., Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565121317
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 1/5/1996
  • Series: Front Porch Paperbacks Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Nordan grew up in Itta Bena, Mississippi, and was fifteen when Emmet Till was murdered. Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh for many years, he is the author of seven books of fiction and a memoir. His many awards include three American Library Association Notable Book citations, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for fiction, the Mississippi Authors award for fiction, and the Southern Book Critics Circle award for fiction.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Foreword
Storyteller 3
The Sears and Roebuck Catalog Game 15
John Thomas Bird 30
The Sin Eater 49
Wild Dog 67
One-Man Band 81
Rat Song 97
Welcome to the Arrow-Catcher Fair 118
The Attendant 143
Wheelchair 163
Sugar Among the Chickens 179
The Talker at the Freak-Show 199
Sugar, the Eunuchs, and Big G.B. 217
The All-Girl Football Team 243
Sugar Among the Freaks 261
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