The Matter with Morris by David Bergen

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This is a moving and engaging novel of grief and loss, impeccably written and fully imagined.
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When Morris Schutt, a prominent newspaper columnist, surveys his life over the past year, he sees disaster everywhere. His son has just been killed in Afghanistan, and his newspaper has put him on indefinite leave; his psychiatrist wife, Lucille, seems headed for the door; he is strongly attracted to Ursula, the wife of a dairy farmer from Minnesota; and his daughter appears to be having an affair with one of her professors.

What is a thinking man to do but turn to Cicero and Plato and Socrates in search of the truth? Or better still, to call one of those discreet “dating services” in search of happiness? But happiness, as Morris discovers, is not that easy to find.
David Bergen’s most accomplished novel, The Matter with Morris is an unforgettable story with a vitality, charm, and intelligence all its own. Bergen proves once again that he is a rare and exceptional writer, dazzling us with his wit and touching us with his compassion.

About David Bergen

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David Bergen is an award-winning author of six previous novels and a collection of short stories. A Year of Lesser was a New York Times Notable Book, and The Case of Lena S. was a finalist for the Governor General' s Award for Fiction. In 2005, Bergen won the Giller Prize for The Time in Between. His sixth novel, The Matter with Morris, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2010, won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and was longlisted for the IMPAC Award. A recent winner of the Writers' Trust Award for an author in mid-career, Bergen lives with his family in Winnipeg.
Published September 1, 2011 by Counterpoint. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Michel Basilieres on Jun 11 2012

This is a moving and engaging novel of grief and loss, impeccably written and fully imagined.

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