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The Winter Helen Dropped By

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Narrated by young Jamie O'Day, who is beginning to understand that, like his daddy says, "every story is about sex or death, or sometimes both,"The Winter Helen Dropped Byis a story of growing up, of loss, of laughter and of characters both sexy and dead.

Helen is the young, pregnant Indian woman who drops into Jamie's life one freeze-the-balls-off-a-brass-monkey snow-storm

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Paperback, 186 pages
Published May 16th 1996 by HarperPerennial (first published 1995)
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Tony
My paperback copies of W.P. Kinsella's short story collections look conspicuous in my library. They are not pristine like their neighbors. They have been read and re-read, lent to friends, transported from office to office when I still worked and needed their comforts; they look used. Three stories, in particular, continue to resonate: 'The Bottle Queen', 'How I Got My Nickname', and 'Dance Me Outside'.

He wrote about Canadian Indians and Baseball, although the two topics stayed separate in his
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Sharon
Apr 10, 2012 Sharon rated it it was ok
Canadian author... not so great! Sorry!
Kathy
Oct 23, 2016 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
poignant while hilarious - hard to do! I have many favorite quotes, but then why spoil it for others? I did read this work due to a review here on Goodreads. I was well rewarded. Oh for the good old days where family stories were the entertainment.
"The winter Helen dropped by, which was followed by the summer Jamie damn near drowned, though that summer was actually a spring, was preceded by the summer my daddy took on the case of Lousy Louise Kortgaard versus the Province of Alberta."
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Daniel
Jan 16, 2011 Daniel rated it really liked it
WP Kinsella is a good writer. He tells it the way it is. I read a few about this author, even tough "The Fields of Dream" went on to be a motion picture with actor Kevin Costner, "The Winter Helen Dropped By" is still my favorite.
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Have had this one for a loong time, and still can go back and find new things. Worth reading, if only for the main character's way of naming things.
Virginia
Jan 26, 2011 Virginia rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
homey and quiet yet not boring or anything:)
Calvin Daniels
Jul 25, 2014 Calvin Daniels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kinsella has an endearing style. Read 'Box Social' years ago, and having found this at a thrift store, was more than pleased to revisit the area and era of the early book.
Irene
Aug 06, 2014 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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William Patrick Kinsella, OC, OBC was a Canadian novelist and short story writer. His work has often concerned baseball and Canada's First Nations and other Canadian issues.

William Patrick Kinsella was born to John Matthew Kinsella and Olive Kinsella in Edmonton, Alberta. Kinsella was raised until he was 10 years-old at a homestead near Darwell, Alberta, 60 km west of the city, home-schooled by hi
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