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The Greyhound God (Western Literature)

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Luke Rivers is a part-time bartender and full-time gambler who dreams of scoring big at the dog races. He travels the greyhound circuit with his wife, Jenny, and their young son, Jake, until one morning he wakes up in a motel in Rapid City, South Dakota, to discover that Jenny has left him and taken Jake with her. Now, for the first time, Luke must confront himself — both the tragic family past that led him to gambling and the uncertain future that lies ahead — while coping with a bewildering present. The Greyhound God is the account of River's anguished search for understanding and purpose.

Morris evokes with deft intelligence the colorful world of dog racing and the characters, human and canine, who inhabit it. But this is merely a background for the travails of Luke and his little family, the cheap motels and dusty dreams, the tensions between Luke's tender love for his son and his obsession with his betting "system." Luke's dilemma — whether to pursue Jenny or to continue his gambling life — is complicated further by the presence of a beautiful, sympathetic woman he meets after Jenny leaves, by his painful memories, and by a seemingly miraculous winning streak at the track.

The Greyhound God is a powerful novel of self-discovery by a writer at the top of his form. Seldom in contemporary fiction has the troubled psyche of a compulsive gambler been examined with such empathy and insight, nor has the world of gambling been depicted with such dead-on clarity.

Review:

"Morris...has crafted an affecting novel with a strong narrator in Luke, a young wanderer coming to terms with the meaning of his life." Library Journal

Synopsis:

A restless man, obsessed with dog races, embarks on a cross-country journey leading to his Idaho hometown in this debut novel reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye.

Luke Rivers is a part-time bartender and full-time gambler who dreams of scoring big at the dog races. He travels the greyhound circuit with his wife, Jenny, and their young son, Jake, until one morning he wakes up in a motel in Rapid City, South Dakota, to discover that Jenny has left him and taken Jake with her. Now, for the first time, Luke must confront himself-both the tragic family past that led him to gambling and the uncertain future that lies ahead-while coping with a bewildering present. "The Greyhound God" is the account of Rivers's anguished search for understanding and purpose.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780874175554
Author:
Morris, Keith Lee
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Location:
Reno
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Idaho
Subject:
Greyhound racing
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Western Literature Series
Series Volume:
v. 6
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
8.8 x 5.8 x 1.1 in

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"Review" by , "Morris...has crafted an affecting novel with a strong narrator in Luke, a young wanderer coming to terms with the meaning of his life."
"Synopsis" by , A restless man, obsessed with dog races, embarks on a cross-country journey leading to his Idaho hometown in this debut novel reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye.

Luke Rivers is a part-time bartender and full-time gambler who dreams of scoring big at the dog races. He travels the greyhound circuit with his wife, Jenny, and their young son, Jake, until one morning he wakes up in a motel in Rapid City, South Dakota, to discover that Jenny has left him and taken Jake with her. Now, for the first time, Luke must confront himself-both the tragic family past that led him to gambling and the uncertain future that lies ahead-while coping with a bewildering present. "The Greyhound God" is the account of Rivers's anguished search for understanding and purpose.

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