A stranger's neighborhood
Donald Morrill's essays take us to a variety of settings -- the American Midwest, Florida, China, Poland, Turkey, Egypt, Russia, France, Tibet, Mexico. Through compelling stories lyrically told, Morrill examines homelife and the wandering life, as his travels bring him encounters with a goddess, a president, racecar drivers and runaway teenagers, public relations executives, beggars and boors, artists and gropers, a Nobel laureate, human wrecks, a mad philatelist. Along the way, he probes issues of family and coming of age, of living abroad with other foreigners, of substance abuse, money and the imagination, culture shock, lust, vanished friendship, American notions of failure, the fugitive soul, marriage and divorce, fatherhood, and of the comforts and confines of staying put. Whether crossing a border or crossing a room, Morrill engages the matter at hand with a poet's eye and a passion for the texture of experience.
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