Andy Plattner


Dixie Luck: Stories and the Novella Terminal

Dixie Luck features stories about hardy gamblers, look-on-the-bright-side salesmen, and other brands of optimistic Southerners. The stories are set in locales from Hot Springs, Arkansas, to the Atlantic Coast; each city or town seems to hold its own version of good fortune. The collection also includes the Faulkner Award-winning novella Terminal, a tale that finds a husband and wife reuniting in hopes of finding one final cash-out at the windows. The stories are literary--they study characters who try to stay honest and upbeat in the face of stacked odds. In "Valdosta," a salesman tries to look at the bright side of a product promotion that deals with disaster preparation. "Confetti" is a story about a gambler who cannot find the right words to say to a woman he loves; he takes a good day at the racetrack as a sign he is still heading in the right direction with her. In another story, "Resort Life," the narrator escapes his troubled family life by focusing on his work as a hotel manager. He believes a life of complication will not find him there.

Andy Plattner is a graduate of the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. A former horse racing journalist, he has published four other books, including the Flannery O’Connor Award winning story collection, Winter Money He has taught fiction writing at University of Southern Mississippi, Kennesaw State University, Emory University, and the University of Tampa.