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The All-Girl Football Team (Vintage Contemporaries)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  12 reviews
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 for Episcopalians." Sugar's mother spends her ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published February 11th 1989 by Vintage (first published 1986)
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22nd out of 54 books — 22 voters
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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.
Though entertaining at times, and though Nordan has a gift for the unusual, the beautifully macabre - a must for the South it seems - the collection never added up. The stories in the first half centered on Sugar Mecklin and they all tread on each other's toes. Each story must have been published separately at some point because little details keep being repeated, quirky characters keep being reestablished, they're never built up and so remain cardboard oddities lurking on the edge of things.

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 dialect 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 writer.

"John Thomas Bird" and "The All-Girl Football Team" are the obvious success stories of the collection and "
I was on an all-girl football team that was much more fun than this.
M. Milner
Something of a mixed bag of short fiction, Lewis Nordan's The All-Girl Football Team is a slim 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, Episcopali
Nordan reminds me of O'Connor in this collection. He knows that normal is 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, but they make the story just that much more amazing. I mean, where do yo ...more
Rich Gamble
The first half of this collection focuses on the adventures of southern junior 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 just a ripper title but so arresting I had a dream about it ...more
Jan 31, 2011 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Short story collections are difficult for me since you should really rate them as a whole...not just one or two that stick out. 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 just want to read anything I can find by Mr. Nordan.
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.
Travis Gray
The opening story, "Sugar Among the Chickens", is amazing. I would have to rank 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.
Jeff Laughlin
The Sugar stories stand out far beyond the rest, and for good reason. Still, this is a great collection.
good if you were a girl if they play football or just want to play just one game of football.
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Lewis Nordan (August 23, 1939 – April 13, 2012) was an American writer.
Nordan was born to Lemuel and Sara Bayles in Forest, Mississippi, grew up in Itta Bena, Mississippi. He received his B.A. at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, his M.A. from Mississippi State University, and his Ph.D. from Auburn University in Alabama. In 1983, at age forty-five, Nord
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