Norma (Paperback)

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Norma (Paperback)

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A fresh and unexpectedly disarming book about the messiness of modern life. Norma is a woman under the influence of old age and increasing isolation, but it's not long before she's careening down a madcap marble run toward something approaching self-discovery. There's something about the voice of this book that just crackles, like slowly scanning across an AM dial to hear an ever-growing chorus of entrancing but mysterious characters emerge partway through the static. Norma's attempts to re-wire her life in search of connection render a story of aging and grief that's somehow fizzy, existential, and honest-to-god funny. It moves with a slightly warped sense of self-assurance, poking its head into spaces as odd yet familiar as soap operas, grocery stores, and online message boards. An offbeat delight!

— From Bryan

Widowhood and weirdos, online and off, NORMA is so dark it smarts.

It's a terrible freedom to linger unaccounted for.

Norma is waking up and cracking up. Decades of marriage, housekeeping, and family responsibility: buried with her husband Hank. Now, she's free, gorging on an online riot of canceled soap operas, message boards, and grocery store focus groups. Transcribing chatter for fifty cents a minute. It's all of humanity--grim, funny, and desperate--wafting into her world, a world reeking with the funk of old fast food wrappers, cold stale recycled air, and desiccated car upholstery. And one where appropriate boundaries are suddenly slipping too, when a voice from one of her transcripts goes from virtual to IRL and just down the block.

NORMA is a tart, unhinged flail into widowhood, the parasocial, and some of the more careworn corners of the internet.

Product Details ISBN: 9781778430404
ISBN-10: 1778430406
Publisher: Invisible Publishing
Publication Date: April 16th, 2024
Pages: 176
Language: English