Norma Jean's Sun - Based on a True Story, A Heartfelt Powerful & Moving True Story Memoir Bestseller Book
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Nominated for Best Memoir of 2009

 

Sound travels far inside a home at night for every child who hears the whispers and tears through the upstairs banister. Just as this ripple in one family’s history grew to a wave of fear, so did the stature of the individuals who had witnessed it. The future carries the scars from the harm done before. One hopes that the past will allow us to shape and control the next step, to avoid the dangers, the foolish errors and mistakes that echo the last generation, and the one before that. But instead, the path, though inviting with its colors of gold and silver and the sounds of laughter and joy, is also shrouded in mystery, obscured in grays. Never in our silent moments of illusion do we sense the dark parallel that lives beside us. Nor do we suspect the carrier.

(Excerpt, Chapter 1)

Norma Jean’s Sun - True Story Memoir

Based on a True Story

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Norma Jean's Sun

True Story Memoir by Kris Courtney

 

Product Details

Paperback: 290 pages

Publisher: Kris Courtney; Editor’s Edition (December 2009)

Language: English

 

 

Few could survive so many torturous years of surgical intervention and a ensuing lifelong struggle with drugs and alcohol addiction and come out ahead. This moving tale reveals not only the struggle and heartrending elements of generational lives “gone wrong,” but also the love and growth of a human being overcoming the odds and determined to find a way to live life to the fullest. Based on a true story, the author’s unapologetic prose prompts enduring ethical questions and makes a gripping, personal read.

This newly edited release of Norma Jean's Sun will certainly exceed expectations. The story is not only convincingly true, but will rivet the reader with its genuine and unassuming pathos. Norma Jean's Sun is painfully reflective yet ultimately hopeful, a story told through the eyes of a boy who believes he has been mistakenly born into the world and a man who conquers physical and emotional injustice--and thrives. The reader will be challenged to answer the difficult questions of right and wrong as they may apply to his or her own life. It is clear that it is the hope of this author that the reader's conclusions will lead to a more fulfilled view of the "parallel beauty that lives just beneath the surface for us all."

An artist in spirit and gift, Kris Courtney has lived much of his life in the Midwest and currently resides and works in Oxford, Ohio. Surrounded by talent and gifted students of life, he is dedicated to service and volunteer work. A percentage of the earnings from Norma Jean’s Sun book will go to research for Parkinson’s disease and Colon Cancer.

Heidi Connolly, Harvard Girl Professional Editing Services

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Now accepting requests for ‘Book Club’ and local signings...

 

Available for a short time, I will be able to offer a local book-club appearance or local signing. With a small limited amount available, author book’s can be obtained for your special gathering. Since space and dates are limited, be sure to send your request early. This is a limited time offer. Be sure to include your group size, contact information and dates requested for appearance to kriscourtney@yahoo.com Be sure to put “Book Club” in the subject line.

"Powerful & Moving Memoir""beautifully written"Brave honesty of confession"heartfelt  loving  story"'5 Stars'Refreshing Forgiveness

As a result of his physical deformities, Courtney had to develop a coping mechanism, and his choice turned out to be his undoing. In Norma Jean’s Sun Kris Courtney details his struggles with his disabilities as well as his uncontrollable alcoholism and drug addiction.

Although it would be tempting for the author to blame those directly responsible for his misfortunes, Courtney shows refreshing forgiveness to those family members who had no idea what they would ultimately do to him. He is gracious in praising those who assisted him in his lowest times, acknowledging the sacrifices they made for him.

A " must-read " for all who ponder their roots and family life. This is an intense , compelling story of a baby who was born defective in body but not in spirit. The reader must be prepared for a journey like no other that visits incest between cousins and the heartbreak that follows. Written with grace and style, Norma Jean's Sun should be on the New York Times bestseller list within the year !

PW Select: Fall 2011: A Wide Range for Self-Published Titles - The Listings

Norma Jean’s Sun.
 Kris Courtney. Kris Courtney. $17.95 paper (290p), ISBN 978-0-578-02059-4
 Amazon
 This “touching story, full of hope” tells of a young man who believes he was mistakenly born as a man and of his journeys through drug and alcohol addiction as well as years of surgical interventions.
 
PW Select: Fall 2011: A Wide Range for Self-Published Titles - The Listings

Norma Jean’s Sun.
 Kris Courtney. Kris Courtney. $17.95 paper (290p), ISBN 978-0-578-02059-4
 Amazon
 This “touching story, full of hope” tells of a young man who believes he was mistakenly born as a man and of his journeys through drug and alcohol addiction as well as years of surgical interventions.

Norma Jean’s Sun - Based on a True Story

$17.95 paper (290p), ISBN 978-0-578-02059-4 Amazon

 

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This “touching story, full of hope” tells of a young man who believes he was mistakenly born as a man and of his journeys through drug and alcohol addiction as well as years of surgical interventions.

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This is a story of strength and sheer will power overcoming the physical and emotional bricks that are handed to us as children, what you build with them are the choices we make as we continue in this life.

A Memoir Written Like A Painting, November 30, 2010 By  Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA United States)

Norma Jean's Sun: Based on a True Story Memoir (Paperback) is a first novel in the form of a memoir for artist/writer Kris Courtney and as a first attempt the flaws of style and experience are to be expected: once on paper, in the public's hands, the compositional decisions can not be painted over as they can in the author/artist's paintings. The story is a bizarre one and had Courtney not elected to start from history and escort us to the present it would seem just another dysfunctional family epic.

But Courtney overcomes the bumps in the road of writing by providing the reader with an actual account of the development of a problem and how that problem has resolved. His family history includes incest that resulted in the bearing of a child with double the indemnity of passing on a flawed gene pool magnified in subsequent generations. And so Norma Jean gives birth to Kris, a child with multiple profound skeletal deformities and webbing of digits that required full body cast at birth (separating him from the succor of a mother's hands and causing a sense of shame to the father), a condition so severe that it took in excess of twenty surgeries in an attempt to correct the deformities. The story takes us through the family problems partially initiated by the presence of the 'burdensome' Kris, Kris' maturation and antisocial behavior, his attempt to escape his plight in alcoholism and drugs, his failed marriage and feared production of a child, to the eventual and gradual demise of those in his family who succumbed to cancer and the diseases of the aging brain. The story ends with the post-incarceration changes developed through AA that have led the author to a successful life as an artist.

What makes this book different and easy to read is the personal manner in which Courtney writes: 'I know that most of you who read this will struggle with, perhaps even reject, the idea that I have lived my entire life feeling as if an existence as Frankenstein was my only fate in life. But since I can recall, I have had the overwhelming desire that when I met someone new, he will look me in the eye and not be compelled or distracted to look at my body, my hands, or the mental equipment supporting them.' And at the end of his book he writes: 'If you have ever wondered about another human who is different from you in appearance, try to find the similarities, not the differences. We are more alike than we are different.'

It is this kind of brave honesty of confession and growing philosophy that makes the book unique. The book is designed to include many photographs of Kris' childhood and family but they are not accompanied by listing who we are seeing so they have little meaning or significance except to accompany Courtney's intention that this memoir should read and feel to the reader very real. He has accomplished that.