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A Best Book of 2012

---Publishers Weekly

 

“Michael Morris has been one of my favorite Southern writers. His new novel is reason for great celebration. Man in the Blue Moon is a beautifully wrought portrayal of small town southern life where poverty, tragedy and human love engage in a ritualistic dance. His portrait of Dead Lakes, Florida, is one of the best portraits of a small Southern town I’ve ever encountered. His main character, Ella Wallace, is fascinating and Mr. Morris is one of those rare writers whose females are as fully formed individuals as his males. Buy it. Read it.”

 ---Pat Conroy 

 

Man in the Blue Moon evokes the best in Southern novels from Pat Conroy, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty or Walker Percy, with a healthy dose of mystery.” 

--Miami Herald

 

 “A magical and mesmerizing page-turner rooted in hardscrabble Florida during WWI, based in part on a true family story…Morris’s narrative is subtle and supple, with overtones of the wry Southernisms of Flannery O’Connor, the rural Florida backdrop of Their Eyes Were Watching God, and a good helping of powerful and mysterious faith. Book clubs should devour this rich, carefully observed mix of characters, time, and place; Morris deserves to break out of the regional-writer box.”

---Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

 

“I loved Man in the Blue Moon! The mystical part of the book reminded me of Sarah Addison Allen and Alice Hoffman, and the search for redemption had me in the A Reliable Wife camp but there is no mistake that Michael Morris’s storytelling is original, compelling and extremely descriptive.”

---Sally Brewster, owner, Park Road Books; Charlotte, North Carolina 

 

“The reader may hear echoes of Harper Lee in his focus on racial conflict, or of Flannery O'Connor’s Southern grotesques   . . .  or even of Huck Finn if Huck had confronted the demands of the Episcopal Church … But Morris has his own voice and his own story, and he tells it with uncommon skill and compassion.”

---Washington Post

 

“This new novel by Michael Morris not only effortlessly transported me to Apalachicola, Florida but back in time. The characters are all so believable that I found myself wanting to tap Ella on the shoulder and let her in on the secrets that have been revealed to the reader….Morris is such a visual writer that I could see the story unfold in my mind like a movie as I read it… I can’t wait to sell this book to my customers who love fiction.”

---Mary Gay Shipley, owner, That Bookstore in Blytheville; Blytheville, Arkansas 

 

“Michael Morris is someone to watch.”

---The Birmingham News

 

“If ever there was a perfect book for my book club it would be Man in the Blue Moon! It's all about the story for me and this one is pure MAGIC… Five diamonds in the Pulpwood Queens’ TIARA... A real page turner and one that will keep the home ‘book reading’ fires burning!”

---Kathy L. Patrickauthor of The Pulpwood Queen's Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life

 

“Morris, a fifth-generation native of northern Florida, has a wonderful ear for the vernacular of the South.”

---St. Petersburg Times

 

“Our book clubs continually select Michael’s titles and Man in the Blue Moon is his best work, by far. Every member of our staff will "dig" this delightful story of an innocent time in the South, and the marvelous characters who delight and disappoint. I'll place an order for 500 copies today.”

 ---Jake Reiss, owner, Alabama Booksmith; Birmingham, Alabama

 

“The magic of turn-of-the-century Old Florida, in all its pain and natural beauty, has found its voice with native son, Michael Morris. Told in a multitude of voices, all desperate, all determined, Man in the Blue Moon spins a delicate, unforgettable family drama of abandonment and grit and redemption from unlikely sources. Morris is a fifth-generation Floridian, and describes with a pitch-perfect ear a vanishing rural culture of timber-cuts and bank foreclosures, where hard-held faith was not a luxury but a necessity for survival. Florida is lucky to have him.”

 ---Janis Owens, author of My Brother Michael and American Ghost

 

Man in the Blue Moon is incredible. This novel will appeal to a wide range of readers -- I really loved this book!!”

---Karin Wilson, owner, Page & Palette; Fairhope, Alabama

 

“Michael Morris is a wonderful writer with a unique gift – he can break your heart and mend it, all in the same sentence.”

---Patti Callahan Henry, author of Coming Up For Air

 

“As a Southern bookseller, we have missed the voice of Michael Morris since Slow Way Home and A Place Called Wiregrass. Man in the Blue Moon is another of those stories from a true Southern writer with a keen sense of a good story. Welcome back Michael!”

 ---Tom Warner, owner, Litchfield Books; Pawleys Island, South Carolina

 

“Morris’ words, like the tides of the coast, have a rhythm that envelops the reader-leading one deeper and deeper into the story.”
---Mobile Press-Register