The Morels

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A “gripping and mesmerizing” novel about a work of art that tears a family apart (The A.V. Club).
 
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 apart at the seams?
 
Arthur’s old schoolmate Chris is fascinated with this very question as he becomes accidentally reacquainted with Arthur. An unmarried 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 as the story unspools, it becomes all too clear how difficult it is to draw the line between art and obscenity, truth and fiction, revolutionary thinking and brainless shock value, craftsmanship and commerce. The Morels explores whether it’s possible to escape the past, and whether it’s possible to save a family by destroying it.
 
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About the author

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, DC, with his wife.
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Publisher
Soho Press
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Published on
Apr 30, 2013
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781616952440
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / Literary
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This content is DRM protected.
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