The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea

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Here is a story collection about love, death, humor, and the glue called family. In one narrative, a man wakes up one morning to find the odor of dead fish won't go away, but no one else can smell it. In another, a couple's visit with friends to watch the Academy Awards has the protagonist envying his friends' lawn and lifestyle. In these and eleven other stories, Christopher Meeks balances tragedy and wit. As novelist David Scott Milton explains, "In this collection, Christopher Meeks examines the small heartbreaks of quiet despair that are so much a part of all our lives. He does it in language that is resonant, poetic, and precise.... If you like Raymond Carver, you'll love Meeks. He may be as good--or better."

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A STORY COLLECTION THAT GRABS THE ID Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, columnist and reviewer for MyShelf.com If the publishing and reading world is fair and just, Christopher Meeks is destined to be widely read and deservedly honored. In The Middle-Aged Man & the Sea, Meeks offers us a collection to savor, one that will leave us thinking about our days, perhaps propel us to change them. These stories, especially the deceptively simple title story, harkens to other stories of the sea. It reaches out to grasp us by the id just as this haunting literary theme has done for eons of time from The Old Man and the Sea and Moby Dick back to Noah and innumerable Greek myths. Meeks' entire collection -- stories from his own archives that were once published in journals -- explores how we live or don't live, sigh and don't sigh, kiss and don't kiss. One story, "Green River," looks at marriage and family life juxtaposed against a remote area of Utah where the Jurassic is still evident and, yes, more water--the isolated tributary of the Colorado--runs through it. Then there is "Dear Ma." The last story in the collection. Once read, you will begin to tally the pleasures in life more frequently, make them count. So, discard your classics--for a moment, anyway. Cast aside those novels you love. Have at a collection of stories for a change. The Middle-Aged Man & the Sea will make you glad that you did.

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Mr. Meeks has been publishing short stories in literary journals since 1997. He's also published four children's books, reviewed theatre for seven years for Daily Variety, had three full-length plays mounted in Los Angeles, and he won the Donald Davis Dramatic Writing Award. He teaches fiction at UCLA Extension and Story for Animators at CalArts.

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