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I Just Love Morris – Reading Update

Ellen and Morris return to their hometown in the South to extract their younger sister, Bonnie, from her marriage to an evangelical preacher, who no sooner has he been informed that Morris is gay does he enlist the effort of church members to save him from homosexuality. This book evokes so much warmth, grace and wit, and the conversations are just downright funny!

“Dan and I decided to separate for these six weeks while I’m down here,” she said. “It’s complicated and I really don’t feel like going into it, but I thought you should know. Willie will probably mention it tomorrow when you pick him up–I mean, he might mention the fact that Dan didn’t come with me.”

“Okay,” said Morris. “But just tell me–is it Oprah issues or Jerry Springer issues?”

“I have no idea what you mean,” said Ellen.

“I mean is it like, He’s emotionally unavailable, or like, He’s having an affair with our transsexual mailman?”

Mostly Morris’s been saying “hmm” a lot, and though it didn’t seem to hinder Pastor’s enthusiasm, Morris was beginning to feel like a moron. “(The Christ Center) Sure looks big,” he ventured at last, a marginal improvement over “hmm.” …

“These are all classrooms over here, ” Pastor said, running his index finger along two rows of small rectangles on either side of a much larger one. “And various activity rooms where we’ll be housing all our youth and college ministries. This big area off to the south is a full commercial kitchen, everything state-of-the-art.”

“This is going to be our stage. Everything you need for a full-scale theatrical production.”

“Well, the Oberammergau people will be glad to hear about that,” Morris said.

Does he mean Obama people? This is from Letter from Point Clear, a novel by Dennis McFarland.

6 Responses

  1. This one is definitely going on my wishlist – thanks for the heads up on what sounds like a great book!

  2. Lesley:
    Other than my favorite character Morris, the other characters are lovable as well. This is a very good read, although I’m just reading the proof. I’m down to the last 40 pages and can’t wait how this family drama will resolve.

  3. Have you considered joining the Southern Reading Challenge?

  4. I’m with Lesley. I need to find a copy of this one.

  5. Isabel:
    I’m actually considering the challenge, since I also have other books pertaining to this theme on the night-stand. Thank you for the link. 😉

  6. Greg:
    You know I’ll launch a PR campaign for this book like I did for Master and Margarita! 😉

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