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Winter Money (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction) Hardcover – October 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction
  • Hardcover: 170 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press; First Edition, First Printing edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820319589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820319582
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,461,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“There are grooms and trainers and bookmakers aplenty, but it’s the crazy woman who stuffs her house with other people’s garbage, the corrupt, know-it-all cop, and the pot-smoking floozy that provide the swing and verve.”—Boston Review


“Plattner’s stories prove again and again that you don’t have to be flashy to be good.”—Louisville Courier-Journal


“Written in spare, crystalline prose, the stories in Winter Money follow people who are each ‘a moment or two’ from failure or triumph, suspended in a heartbreaking instant when anything can happen.”—Hollins Critic

About the Author

The short fiction of Lexington, Kentucky-born Andy Plattner has appeared in Paris Review, Southern Review, Sewanee Review, and Epoch. His second story collection, A Marriage of Convenience, was published in 2011. Plattner’s novel Offerings from a Rust Belt Jockey won the inaugural Mid-Career Novel Award from Dzanc Press. He lives in Atlanta.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was hesitant to award five stars to this book---since it seems a common practice to heap inordinate praise on books that are usually undeserving---but I give Winter Money five stars because of its originality and freshness of voice. Ostensibly, the theme is horse-racing and the track, but really this is a loosely-linked collection of coming-of-age stories. Plattner's prose is lean and unpretentious, sometimes almost bare-boned, but he turns phrases of simple elegance, putting me in mind of Richard Ford's style in Rock Springs. And the characters and voice also somewhat resemble Richard Ford's collection; if I were Plattner's writing professor, I would ask him, "You've read and learned from this book, haven't you?" Not that this diminishes in any way the power of the collection. The characters, situations, and dialogue linger long in the mind after reading, and it's a book you'll find yourself drawn to again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Most likely you've never heard of this author or his stories--he's been published in a lot of smaller, literary journals. (A fact proving that a lot of good authors slip through the cracks at the bigger, more important magazines.) And if you're not a gambler or someone who frequents horse tracks or OTB parlors, you probably don't know firsthand about the pain and dazzling success that come from winning and losing--experiences that happen sometimes all at once. But Plattner and his characters have seen all of this. And whether you're a horse person or not, the dignity and grace that his characters achieve in a lifestyle that's dying around them is compelling. And hopefully, Andy Plattner will be a name you here about later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a hell of a good book. The person who wrote it knows something about people who race horses.

And he can write.
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Plattner has a racer's eye for thorobreds and a Southerner's ear for good stories. Settle back in your easy chair with a good bottle of cheap bourbon and a few hours to spare, you'll need both.
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