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 other, 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. Most of the pieces have been previously published in such award-winning journals as Rosebud, The Clackamas Literary Review, and The Southern California Anthology.
“Poignant and wise.” –Carmela Ciuraru, Los Angeles Times Book Review
Recommended! –Michael Silverblatt, Bookworm radio show
“Highly recommended, highly entertaining, and highly rewarding reading.” –Midwest Book Review
“Christopher Meeks has put together a collection that is so stunning, so impeccably written, that I could not help but move onto the next story each and every time, until a quick glance of this book turned into a consumption.” –Podgirl, Entertainment Weekly
“In these thirteen stories, you’ll find the charm of Tobias Wolff, the frailty of Paul Auster, the beauty of Raymond Carver, and at times even the transcendence of a Hal Hartley film.” –Susan Tomaselli, Dogmatika
“If you like Raymond Carver, you’ll love Meeks.” –author David Scott Milton
“If the publishing and reading world is fair and just, Christopher Meeks is destined to be widely read and deservedly honored.” –Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Myshelf.com
“Christopher Meeks’s first collection of short stories is chock full of humanity. The stories are quirky, accessible, and insightful, and tackle a variety of themes. As with his second collection, Months and Seasons, The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea is a book I can recommend to readers who love short stories.” –Wendy Robards, Caribousmom
“Christopher Meeks bounces onto the literary scene as a vibrant new voice filled with talent and imagination. The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea is one of the finer collections of short stories that will rapidly rise to the top to of the heap of a battery of fine writers of this difficult medium.” — Grady Harp, Top Ten Reviewer, Amazon.com
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