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East Fifth Bliss [Paperback]

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Item description for East Fifth Bliss by Douglas Light...

There are seven defining moments in a person's life. For Morris Bliss, the difficulty is in knowing which moments are defining.

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 when Stefani's father, oblivious to his daughter's actions, calls on Morris to work for him. Morris's life becomes further entangled when his best friend, N.J., is recruited by an international cartel that controls global economics and local sex markets, and Morris is called in to save N.J.'s bacon. But most importantly, 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. He must learn to adapt if he is to survive.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   220
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2007
Publisher   Behler Publications
ISBN  193301640X  
ISBN13  9781933016405  

Availability  0 units.

More About Douglas Light

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Douglas Light's writing has appeared in the New York Times, KGB Bar Lit, the Alaska Quarterly Review, Night Train, failbetter, and Pindeldyboz. His fiction won an O. Henry Prize, and was selected for inclusion in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003. He lives in New York City. Author website:

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An absorbing modern tale about learning to cope with unexpected adversity.  Aug 6, 2007
O. Henry Prize-winning author Douglas Light presents East Fifth Bliss, a novel about Morris Bliss, an ordinary man trapped in the rut of daily life. With no job and no prospects, he lives in a tiny apartment with his father. When Stefani, an eighteen-year-old girl in a Catholic school uniform, enters Morris' life, events start to spiral out of control - his best friend is recruited by ruthless international cartel with its fingers in local sex markets, and his father reveals the startling truth about the death of Morris' mother. Morris must learn to adapt to the tidal changes in his relationships, family, and personal identity to survive. An absorbing modern tale about learning to cope with unexpected adversity.
Alright, nothing special.  May 8, 2007
Douglas Light shows great promise as a writer. His prose is fluid and the plot moves well. He creates interesting characters that have great potential but they are never truly realized or fulfilled. If it wasn't for the amazing and preposterous (good) situations our protagonist finds himself in, he is boring and unsympathetic. Solid first showing. I anticipate his next book.
A truly great read  Apr 6, 2007
East Fifth Bliss is one of the best new books I've seen in a long time. The characters are, by turns, sympathetic, endearing, maddening, hilarious, and generally hard to forget once you've put the book down. And the author's writing style is worth the price of admission all on its own. I think you're supposed to wrap these things up by saying, "If you like books about [BLANK], you'll love this book!" But East Fifth Bliss defies such reductionist categorizations--so I'll say that if you like great stories, great characters, and great writing, you'll love this book!

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