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Black Cat
Black Cat
Black Cat

White Man’s Problems

Stories

by Kevin Morris

“Life undermines the pursuit of success and status in these rich, bewildering stories’a finely wrought and mordantly funny take on a modern predicament by a new writer with loads of talent.” —Kirkus Reviews

  • Imprint Black Cat
  • Page Count 240
  • Publication Date January 06, 2015
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-2388-6
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $15.00
  • Imprint Black Cat
  • Publication Date January 06, 2015
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-9142-7
  • US List Price $15.00

About The Book

In nine stories that move between nouveau riche Los Angeles and the working class East Coast, Kevin Morris explores the vicissitudes of modern life. Whether looking for creative ways to let off steam after a day in court or enduring chaperone duties on a school field trip to the nation’s capital, the heroes of White Man’s Problems struggle to navigate the challenges that accompany marriage, family, success, failure, growing up, and getting older.

The themes of these perceptive, wry and sometimes humorous tales pose philosophical questions about conformity and class, duplicity and decency, and the actions and meaning of an average man’s life. Morris’s confident debut strikes the perfect balance between comedy and catastrophe—and introduces a virtuosic new voice in American fiction.

Praise

“Life undermines the pursuit of success and status in these rich, bewildering stories . . . a finely wrought and mordantly funny take on a modern predicament by a new writer with loads of talent.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Morris, an entertainment lawyer by trade, offers up shrewd, bitingly funny commentary on his own privileged class.” —TIME

“Kevin Morris is that rare writer who bridges the class divide, illuminating the lives of working class characters and affluent professionals with equal authenticity and insight. White Man’s Problems is a revelatory collection that marks the arrival of striking new voice in American fiction.” —Tom Perotta

“A wonderful group of stories . . . buy this, and you will love it.” —Gus Van Sant, filmmaker, artist, and author

“These brutal and heartfelt stories will knock you out.” —Jim Gavin, author of Middle Men

“Kevin Morris’s voice is Updike and Cheever and Carver.” —Eric Roth, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Forrest Gump

“These clear-eyed morality tales showcase lightheartedness and angst in equal measure—Morris’s themes are universal in scope.” —Foreward Reviews