The Year of Perfect Happiness
5.5 x 8.5, 192 pp.
Pub Date: 10/07/2014
Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction
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Published by University of North Texas Press

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The Year of Perfect Happiness

Becky Adnot-Haynes

Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2014.

The sharp-witted stories in Becky Adnot-Haynes's debut collection explore the secret lives of people—how they deal with the parts of themselves that they choose not to share with their closest confidants—and with the world. A pole-vaulter practices his sport only before dawn. A recently divorced woman signs up for a hallucinogenic drug excursion in the Arizona desert. An uncertain girlfriend goes out into the world wearing a false pregnancy belly.

In The Year of Perfect Happiness, the universe is recognizable but slightly askew, a world whose corners can be peeled back to reveal the strange and often comic outcomes of acting out your most self-destructive desires.

BECKY ADNOT-HAYNES grew up in Gainesville, Florida, and holds a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati, where she worked as an editor for The Cincinnati Review. Her stories have appeared in literary journals such as The Missouri Review, The Indiana Review, The Literary Review, West Branch, and PANK, and she was the winner of Hobart’s Buffalo Prize for short fiction. She lives in Cincinnati.


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