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White man's problems
Morris, Kevin (Lawyer)
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New York : Black Cat, [2014]

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224 pages ; 21 cm
Summer farmer -- Plot to hold hands with Elizabeth Tremblay -- Slipstream -- Here comes Mike -- Mulligan's travels -- Rain come down -- Starting out -- Miracle worker -- White man's problems.
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In nine stories that move between nouveau riche Los Angeles and the working class East Coast, Kevin Morris explores the vicissitudes of modern life. Whether looking for creative ways to let off steam after a day in court or enduring chaperone duties on a school field trip to the nation's capital, the heroes of White Man's Problems struggle to navigate the challenges that accompany marriage, family, success, failure, growing up, and getting older.

The themes of these perceptive, wry and sometimes humorous tales pose philosophical questions about conformity and class, duplicity and decency, and the actions and meaning of an average man's life. Morris's confident debut strikes the perfect balance between comedy and catastrophe--and introduces a virtuosic new voice in American fiction.

Author Notes

Kevin Morris has written for The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Filmmaker Magazine. He is the Co-producer of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, and producer of the classic documentary film, Hands on a Hardbody. He lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles. This is his first collection of fiction.

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Booklist Review

Morris' experience as a producer and managing partner in the entertainment world shows in this collection of short fiction. Many of the stories feature men whose concerns revolve around money and families that bring them more sorrow than joy. Brilliantly crafted, Rain Comes Down shows the points of view of a recently retired man and his stroke-impaired wife as he sidesteps the possessiveness of their beloved daughter. There are a fair number of lawyer stories, some admiring, others less so. In Miracle Worker, a lawyer who has his own flourishing practice sets out to protect a former assistant from her involvement with the scion of a powerful financial firm. Youth and families also play an important role. The Plot to Hold Hands with Elizabeth Tremblay, a hilarious tale told in first person by a teenage wisenheimer, includes the placement of a dead frog in a water fountain and a skillful use of detention in his search for romance. This first collection will be a satisfactory addition to libraries with short-fiction readers.--Loughran, Ellen Copyright 2014 Booklist