Greyhound God

Greyhound God

by Keith Lee Morris


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A restless man obsessed with dog races embarks on a cross-country journey leading to his Idaho hometown in this debut novel reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye. Luke Rivers is a part-time bartender and full-time gambler who dreams of scoring big at the dog races. He travels the greyhound circuit with his wife, Jenny, and their young son, Jake, until one morning he wakes up in a motel in Rapid City, South Dakota, to discover that Jenny has left him and taken Jake with her. Now, for the first time, Luke must confront both the tragic family past that led him to gambling and the uncertain future that lies ahead. Morris evokes with deft intelligence the colorful world of dog racing and the characters, human and canine, who inhabit it. But this is merely a background for the travails of Luke and his little family, the cheap motels and dusty dreams, the tensions between Luke’s tender love for his son and his obsession with his betting “system.” Luke’s dilemma—whether to pursue Jenny or continue gambling—is complicated further by his painful memories of family tragedy and personal breakdowns, and by a seemingly miraculous winning streak at the track.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874175554
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 09/01/2003
Series: Western Literature Series
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(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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Greyhound God 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst thing I've read in a while. Ridiculous.
Hagelstein on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Luke Rivers used to believe in God. Now he believes in the Greyhound God. He travels the Northwest with his wife and young son, betting on dogs all the way. He loses enough to make it uncomfortable. Luke still agonizes over the murder of his younger brother Mark when they were both children ¿ and over his subsequent loss of faith.Luke¿s wife, Jenny, leaves with their son, Jake, at the beginning of a lucky streak that results in Luke winning more money than he ever has. She¿s tired of moving and following the dogs. The streak and her leaving causes Luke to question most of what he knows. ¿It¿s all you have, really ¿ that connection with the people you¿re close to.¿The Greyhound God explores loss and the question of how to carry on with meaning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's nothing in this to interest anyone.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author obviously knows nothing about real life or real situations.