The Lifeguard: Stories

Paperback | April 15, 1998

byMary Morris

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The Lifeguard combines Mary Morris's consummate craft as a storyteller with her gift for dramatic travel writing. In the title story, a teenage lifeguard sees his mystique among the girls on the beach dissolve in a panicked moment when he cannot save a child. In "The Glass-Bottom Boat," a mother on her first trip abroad learns about trust from a solicitous stranger.

The Lifeguard is a powerful collection of ten short stories that shows Morris's great sensitivity to men and women at moments of turbulence, uncertainty, and crisis.

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Combining her consummate craft as a storyteller with her gift for dramatic travel writing, Morris presents a powerful collection of ten short stories

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The Lifeguard combines Mary Morris's consummate craft as a storyteller with her gift for dramatic travel writing. In the title story, a teenage lifeguard sees his mystique among the girls on the beach dissolve in a panicked moment when he cannot save a child. In "The Glass-Bottom Boat," a mother on her first trip abroad learns about tr...

Mary Morris's books include the novels House Arrest, The Night Sky, Crossroads, and The Waiting Room; the travel memoirs Nothing to Declare and Wall to Wall; and the highly acclaimed story collections Vanishing Animals and Other Stories and The Bus of Dreams. A recipient of the Rome Prize for Literature, she teaches writing at Sarah L...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.16 × 5.56 × 0.53 inPublished:April 15, 1998

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ISBN - 10:0312186940

ISBN - 13:9780312186944

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Combining her consummate craft as a storyteller with her gift for dramatic travel writing, Morris presents a powerful collection of ten short stories

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"Mary Morris seems to have a microscope trained on the souls and hearts of mankind . . . A superb collection . . . A magnificent writer." -The Washington Post Book World"Dizzy with self-realization, Morris's characters venture out beyond the beach resorts to more compelling but often perilous territories." -The Chicago Tribune"These knowing, sometimes dark tales are about people struggling to connect with each other in spite of their own ambivalence." -Glamour"Mary Morris's compassion is on par with her sense of humor, a rare combination." -Betsy Willeford, The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey)"The stories are quite disarmingly complex, while keeping up a surface appearance of clarity and straightforwardness . . . It's a fine book." -Charles Baxter"Ten subtle, impressionistic stories that linger and expand in the memory." -Mademoiselle"As a storyteller, Morris shines. Reading her best stories is like sinking into a good photograph. She packs them with tiny details, but never allows the particulars to interfere with the vision and balance of the whole." -Julia Corbin, St. Petersburg Times"A poised and articulate collection." -Publishers Weekly"Exquisitely revealing moments...clearly Morris hasn't lost her touch as a story writer." -Kirkus Reviews"Morris's ability to reincarnate her travel stories into fiction make for a well-rounded, fully formed body of work. It is also a pleasure to come upon a contemporary author who writes fiction and nonfiction equally well." -Kristin Rose, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel"What really unifies these stories is Morris's spartan approach to descriptive detail and her spare language. Instead of spoon-feeding her readers, Morris leaves much for them to infer." -Marie Elsie St. Leger, Time Out New York