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The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea

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Love, death, humor, and the glue called family are the elements of this sometimes intense, often funny collection of short stories. As novelist David Scott Milton explains, "In this collection, Christopher Meeks examines the small heartbreaks of quiet despair that are so much a part of all our lives. He does it in language that is resonant, poetic, and precise.... If you l ...more
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Published October 13th 2005 by (first published October 1st 2005)
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Feb 28, 2016 Teddy rated it it was amazing
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The Audible version is narrated by the author, Christopher Meeks, himself. It includes 13 quintessential short stories about the human condition. With his trademark sense of humor and quirky, yet realistic characters, Meeks takes us on a journey through the lives of his characters and we even a glimpse into ourselves.

Many people who claim not to like short stories, usually say because they don't feel complete. I dare naysayers of Short stories to read this book. Okay, so the endings aren't wrapp
Aug 13, 2008 Will rated it really liked it
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I liked that these stories are rich in perfectly telling details but surprisingly succinct as well. They cut to the quick. I was moved and/or saddened by each story--so much so that I couldn't read any of them back to back. Maybe it has to do with how Meeks reminds me of Raymond Carver if Raymond Carver was funny and not so hung up on the sauce, but these stories require the same kind of lengthy refractory period as Carver's. I find that interesting. After reading one, I'm trapped somewhere betw ...more
Jan 31, 2009 Grady rated it it was amazing
'You were just around for a series of coincidences and then you died.'

Christopher Meeks bounces onto the literary scene as a vibrant new voice filled with talent and imagination. THE MIDDLE-AGED MAN & THE SEA is one of the finer collection of short stories that will rapidly rise to the top to of the heap of a battery of fine writers of this difficult medium.

Meeks writes about all the little bumps and stumbling blocks we all face in our contemporary journey through life. His stories deal wit
Dec 05, 2012 Abby rated it really liked it
I had the honor of taking a writing fiction class from Chris, and he is a wonderful teacher. A wonderful writer, now that I've read some of his work. I did not love every story, but I did love some, and I did like most. My favorite story was "Engaging Ben", about a young couple who learn to love each other again. Every story deals with believable, real-life sorts of characters with relatable issues, especially love.
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Feb 01, 2013 Sheli Ellsworth rated it really liked it
Christopher is an adept story teller. His collection of short stories offers a unique perspective into the cerebrum of the short story author. His writing is clean--his view is a little askew.Fresh and heartwarming.
Jan 31, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it
Short stories about relationships. At the end of each story I found myyelf wanting to know more! I found the characters to be very engaging. Mr. Meek's writing is descriptive and beautifully done. Great Kindle read for 1.99. I enjoyted "The Rotary "for the love and "Shooting the Funeral " because it was outrageous and filled with humor.
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Jul 20, 2014 Candy Greenway rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this short story collection. I've been reading nothing but political nonfiction lately, so I'm not sure what truely good literature is anymore. While the topic of death is central to several stories, the sensativity and humanity of each is quite beautiful.
Feb 16, 2015 Edward rated it liked it
Not bad. A book of short stories, most of them melancholic or depressing in nature. But that's OK, sometimes life is melancholic or depressing.
Jul 04, 2013 Amoynahan rated it really liked it
Just finished this poignant book of short fiction. The path to male-female comprehension is so very fraught with obstacles and Meeks aids our understanding with humor and affection.
Dec 08, 2015 Almae rated it liked it
Some of the stories are better-written than others.
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Christopher Meeks first published short stories in such literary journals as Rosebud, The Clackamas Literary Review, The Santa Barbara Review, The Southern California Anthology, and The Gander Review. His stories are now available in two collections, The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea and Months and Seasons. He has four novels: The Brightest Moon of the Century, a story that Marc Schuster of Small Pr ...more
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“I wondered if Merri and I had echoed our silences so loudly at gas stations. Maybe we could press push-pins into a map to chart our gas stops of despair.” 0 likes
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