East Fifth Bliss

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Behler Publications, 2006 - Fiction - 220 pages
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There are seven defining moments in a person?s life. For Morris Bliss, the difficulty is in knowing which moments are defining. Poignant and often funny, this book will stay with readers long after they?ve finished.At age thirty-five, Morris Bliss is clamped in the jaws of New York City inertia: he wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; he still shares a walk-up apartment with his father.Enter Stefani, an eighteen-year-old girl in a catholic school uniform, and Morris?s once static life quickly unravels. Stefani?s father, oblivious to his daughter?s doings, calls on Morris to work for him; Morris?s best friend, N.J., whose only practice of economy is with the truth, is recruited by the Red Thread, an international cartel that controls global economics and local sex markets; and Morris?s father, a taciturn widower, finally reveals the truth surrounding the strange death of Morris?s mother.A body at rest will remain at rest. Unless acted upon. With the agony of his inertia finally broken, Morris Bliss fights to keep his life from careening out of control.

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Since finishing East Fifth Bliss I’ve been asking myself what the point was. I don’t mean to harshly disparage (ever since moving to NYC I’ve enjoyed reading novels set within the 5 boroughs) but ... Read full review

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Set on New York's Lower East Side, this first novel by Light (founding editor,Epiphany ) introduces Morris Bliss, 35 years old and living with his widowed father. Morris has big dreams of traveling ... Read full review


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Douglas Light, a founding editor of Epiphany, has published fiction in such literary magazines as Alaska Quarterly Review and Failbetter, and in the anthologies O. Henry Prize Stories 2003 and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003. His work was selected as a Finalist for the 2002 James Jones First Novel Fellowship and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Mr. Light holds a B.A. from the Indiana University and a M.A. in Creative Writing from City College, New York.

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