The Morels

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Soho Press, 2013 - Fiction - 356 pages
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The Morels─Arthur, Penny, and Will─are a happy family of three living in New York City. So why would Arthur choose to publish a book that brutally rips his tightly knit family unit apart at the seams? Arthur's old schoolmate Chris, who narrates the book, is fascinated with this very question as he becomes accidentally reacquainted with Arthur. A single, aspiring filmmaker who works in a movie theater, Chris envies everything Arthur has, from his beautiful wife to his charming son to his seemingly effortless creativity. But things are not always what they seem.
The Morels takes a unique look at the power of art─literature, music and film in particular─and challenges us as readers to think about some fascinating questions to which there are no easy answers. Where is the line between art and obscenity, between truth and fiction, between revolutionary thinking and brainless shock value, between craftsmanship and commerce? Is it possible to escape the past? Can you save your family by destroying it?

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User Review  - Elly Wendy - Goodreads

4* Heavy, tough, dark, engaging, fascinating, well-crafted. i liked the recent history. Read full review

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User Review  - Anne - Goodreads

Apparently this book makes some strong statements about the artistic process. I'm not interested in ruminating about the value of art but I enjoyed the book regardless. The narrator is an unlikeable ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Christopher Hacker received a BA in Music Composition from the University of Michigan and an MFA from Columbia University. His stories have appeared in Quarterly West and The Rake, and he was a finalist for a Pushcart Prize in 2009. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife.

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