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The Matter With Morris

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The Matter With Morris

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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, 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 yet is an unforgettable story with a vitality and charm and intelligence all its own. Bergen proves once again that he is one of our finest writers, dazzling us with his wit and touching us with his compassion.

With bonus features--insights, interviews and more!

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, 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 yet is an unforgettable story with a vitality and charm and intelligence all its own. Bergen proves once again that he is one of our finest writers, dazzling us with his wit and touching us with his compassion.

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  • DAVID BERGEN is an award-winning author of eight previous novels and a collection of short stories. Among his acclaimed works are The Time in Between, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize; The Matter with Morris, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize, the winner of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Age of Hope which was a #1 bestseller and a finalist for Canada Reads; and Stranger, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize. Bergen lives in Winnipeg.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 21, 2011
    Morris Schutt is a 51-year-old, syndicated columnist who really wants to be Jewish, an obsession that his estranged wife dismisses as a "secret wish for tenderness and affection." Since his son's death in Afghanistan, Morris's life has been quickly unraveling. Everything Morris once loved suddenly falls away—his wife kicks him out of the house, his two daughters treat him like a stranger, his boss puts him on a hiatus following a disastrous column—tough challenges for someone who once believed in certainty. Morris retreats from life, canceling his cell phone, email, and cable and cashing out his investments. He holds on to the edge tightly and eventually learns how far family bonds can stretch and still hold. It's a challenge to create a compelling story and populate the pages with liberal references from many esteemed writers and thinkers, from Saul Bellow to Cicero, but Bergen (The Time in Between) does it with great equanimity, humor, and sensitivity.

  • Quill & Quire ". . . an intriguing synthesis of Bergen's previous works, blending the earlier novels' focus on the suppressed lusts, rivalries, and consolations that underpin family and community with the broader, more topical concerns of The Retreat and The Time in Between."
  • Toronto Star "This is a moving and engaging novel of grief and loss, impeccably written and fully imagined."
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