Best Seats in the House and Other Stories

Best Seats in the House and Other Stories

by Keith Lee Morris


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The men who inhabit these stories live in precarious normalcy, balancing dashed dreams with an uncertain progress into maturity, small-town realities with their largely unfulfilled hopes. It is due to Keith Morris’ remarkable gift to give such eloquent voices to his characters that we cherish them and believe completely in the bewildering complexities that lie just beneath the placid surface of their yearning, workday lives. In these stories, a failed high-school athlete watches as his gifted son falls under the spell of his charismatic grandfather, and a young man in the process of losing his sight struggles to accept his developing blindness while clinging to his diminishing independence. Morris explores the painful tensions of parental love and “old-fashioned” virtues like respect, thoughtfulness, empathy, and understanding. Morris is a writer of enormous skill, and these stories of small-town men groping for a perspective on themselves and the lives they’ve come to live are among the most powerful in contemporary fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874175943
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 08/23/2004
Series: Western Literature Series
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Keith Lee Morris is the author of two books published by The University of Nevada Press: The Greyhound God (novel, 2003) and The Best Seats in the House and Other Stories (short story collection, 2004). His short stories have appeared recently in The Southern ReviewNinth Letter, andNightsun. He has recently completed a second story collection, tentatively titled Butterflies, and is wrapping up another novel. Although his fiction is usually set in northern Idaho, he lives currently in South Carolina, where he teaches creative writing at Clemson University.

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Best Seats in the House and Other Stories 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
cbuck47 More than 1 year ago
I'm usually a fan of short stories, but Keith Lee Morris does the impossible to make me not like them. His characters are obviously fake, the dialogue is cringe-worthy. Whatever you do, don't pick up this book.
bhenrick More than 1 year ago
This collection of stories is a waste of time. I made it through half when I gave up from boredom. There is never a plot, just an attempt to create mood.
whitewavedarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The longer ones are my favorites, but I enjoyed all of these stories for the writing and the characters. And, there's enough strangeness here that each story feels more realistic than many others I read, just not too much. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't see anything in this book but cliches.