The Year of Perfect Happiness

978-1-57441-565-0 Paperback
5.5 x 8.5 x 0 in
192 pp.
Pub Date: 10/07/2014


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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.

Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction

Published by University of North Texas Press