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A Calm and Normal Heart

Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/13/2023

A Calm and Normal Heart


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Digital Download ISBN:9781696610308


Chelsea T. Hicks brings sharp humor, sprawling imagination, and a profound connection to Native experience in a collection that will subvert long-held assumptions for many listeners, and inspire hope along the way.

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Product Description

From Oklahoma to California, the heroes of A Calm & Normal Heart are modern-day adventurers—seeking out new places to call their own inside a nation to which they do not entirely belong. A member of the Osage tribe, author Chelsea T. Hicks's stories are compelled by an overlooked diaspora happening inside America itself: that of young Native people.

In stories like "Superdrunk," "Tsexope," and "Wets'a," iPhone lifestyles comingle with ancestral connection, strengthening relationships or pushing people apart, while generational trauma haunts individual paths. Broken partnerships and polyamorous desire signal a fraught era of modern love, even as old ways continue to influence how people assess compatibility. And in "By Alcatraz," a Native student finds herself alone on campus over Thanksgiving break, seeking out new friendships during a national holiday she does not recognize. Leaping back in time, "A Fresh Start Ruined" inhabits the life of Florence, an Osage woman attempting to hide her origins while social climbing in mid-century Oklahoma. And in "House of RGB" a young professional settles into a new home, intent on claiming her independence after a breakup, even if her ancestors can't seem to get out of her way.


“Dark and darkly comic stories that herald an important new voice in American letters.” —Kirkus Starred Review

“These stories will break your heart and make you want to dance. Chelsea T. Hicks delivers a striking debut.” —Toni Jensen, author of Carry

Author Bio

Chelsea T. Hicks's writing has been published in the LA Review of Books, the Paris Review, McSweeney's, the Believer, Yellow Medicine Review, Indian Country Today, and elsewhere. She is an incoming Tulsa Artist Fellow and a graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts.