A Hole in the Universe
Ever since I stumbled on "Vanished" I've been a huge Morris fan, but I quit "A Hole in the Universe" a quarter way through because of what might be called a severe phobia: I can't bear to read (or reread, in the case of books I previously enjoyed) anything that includes the death of a dog. I stopped reading "Hole" because I grew too anxious about the fate of the girl's dog. Can someone provide a signal on the dog's fate? I know this sounds stupid, but it's a very real problem for me ...more
What happens when a 43-year-old man returns to live in his hometown after serving a 25-year prison sentence for murder? That is the dramatic question at the center of this fifth novel by Morris (Songs in Ordinary Time; A Dangerous Woman). A contemporary Rip Van Winkle, Gordon Loomis returns to the home he left at age 18 to find a deteriorating neighborhood, overrun by drug dealers and mired in poverty. Gordon's brother, Dennis, sister-in-law Lisa and loyal friend Delores...more
The other characters are horrors, in fact this book is a horror story. I probably won't read any of her other books as I don't read Steven King anymore either.
I stayed with this book b/c the writing was wonderful, the characters were well d ...more
It was a great read. All about surviving the urban war zone.
Why? Because the main character is interesting, a big "Loomer" of a man who was imprisoned for murdering a young woman before he was out of public school.
The story begins with him going for a job interview in his first week out of prison where he had been for 25 years. His brother had set up this interview for Loom ...more
The story is about Gordon Loomis, a large man who just got out of jail for murder. As a teenager, he was an unwilling accomplice in the murder of a young pregnant ...more
There is the expected "dominance of the human spirit" stuff here, but all in all the book made ...more
A bit depressing of a story, but I enjoyed reading it.
Her books are noted for their depictions of mentally and emotionally impaired individuals who have difficulty coping with an inhospitable world.
As New York Times Book Review contributor Alice McDermott put it, “Morris does not devise plots, ...more