A book by Brigham Young University professor Leslie Norris wins high praise in the latest issue of the New York Times Book Review, one of the most prestigious literary review journals in the world.
In a three-quarter page spread, Norris' book - "The Girl from Cardigan" - is reviewed, an illustration shows its themes, and the author is interviewed, with a photograph included."The Girl from Cardigan" is set in Norris' native Wales and in England. It was published by Peregrine Smith Books, Layton.
Norris came to the United States in 1973 and began his career at BYU in 1983. He is a professor and the chairman of the creative writing section in the university's English department.
"I published an earlier collection (of stories) in 1973," he told the Deseret News. "This is a selection of the work I've done since then."
The Times talks of the main characters being frequently boys who are nearly grown, or young men. "But there are lots of old people in the stories too," Norris said.
In another journal, "the reviewer pointed out the fibrillations of age are treated quite effectively," he said. So he writes about, "I guess, people of all sizes."
The stories often concern the way in which characters deal with elemental, small events that change their lives, Norris said.
Some of his works, particularly poems, are about the United States. One printed in the April issue of the magazine New Criterion, called "A Sea in the Desert," takes place entirely in Orem, where Norris lives.
"If there were a sea in Orem we couldn't see it," he said, referring to air pollution from the nearby Geneva Steel mill.