Fiction - Social Issues
640 Pages
Reviewed on 12/21/2021
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Author Biography

I was born in Brooklyn in the early 50's and have grown-up in and around NY and then extensively traveled for work. I have experienced decades of working in the NY-based fashion industry and over 50 countries around the globe. My life has been influenced by all the interesting and diverse peoples I have made friends and seen different lives than my own.
Headlines showcased key subjects in history that impacted all our lives, as I developed my characters. They experience family members going off to wars or getting involved in the politics and prejudices of their day with regard to race, gender, interracial or same-sex relationships and marriages along with the changing views on alcoholism, abuse and depression over the course of all their stories. All while showing how their own attitudes and those of others around them evolved over time. And for each one of them to demonstrate the resolve and ability to adapt and change to find love, acceptance, success and happiness while effecting change, as opposed to merely surviving.
My primary inspiration, however, is my own family. Not that any of my stories or characters are based on them, but it is how my relationship with my wife, children and grandchildren, as well as the closeness of our extended families and the support, love and interactions between us all of different generations and family branches that has been the basis of our lives and, ultimately, became the model for this fictional family that inhabits my novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Morris by Art Isaacs is a family saga that transcends the generation of its origins and weaves through the tightly knit, multicolored tapestry of family. The book is written in a series of first-person narratives and, while intended to reflect continuity in a family journal, Isaacs moves away from the traditional diary entry style and instead employs a running commentary of narrative and dialogue. The points of view are from the family patriarch, Jessie Peterson, his daughter Beth, and his grandchildren, Matt and Billie, with a few ancillary entries by Billie's partner, Janey. Encompassing over sixty years and with a hand to generational change, progress, and some of the most poignant moments of American history, Morris is the chariot that takes us all for a ride down memory lane.

Going into Morris was something I took on tentatively, if I'm being completely honest. Family sagas that are entirely character-driven with themes over plots tend to be the type of book that works better as heirlooms for a family than for consumer consumption. Art Isaacs' book is different. The writing style is straightforward and descriptive without being unnecessarily so. The first-person perspectives provide exceptional insight into the lives of four individuals who are different in every conceivable way except through their lineage, their carrying on the tradition of journaling from the time each is a teenager, and, of course, their connection to Morris. The ambiguity of Morris is a quirky, overriding concept that is explained early on but, frankly, the explanation is unnecessary. The book is good enough to stand on its own four wheels. Recommended.

Mary Anderson

Everyone around Jessie Peterson seemed contented with life in Florida, but to him, it was as boring as hell. To help make things a little livelier, Jessie’s teacher gave him a task to chronicle everything that was happening around him. What began as a school task eventually snowballed into a captivating story.

Jessie was in love with Kathy but after being saved by Lora when he was lost in the middle of nowhere, a part of his heart couldn’t stop thinking about her. Even though he would fight to maintain the status quo, fate had other plans for him.

Each chapter of the book begins with an apt lyrical quote that gives hints about what to expect in that chapter.

Unlike some other fiction books that can be drab, Morris is a highly captivating novel and covers areas like romance, family life, and adventure. Also, it’s an eye-opener about the past and how much the world has changed as characters from different generations narrated real life gripping stories that would keep the audience reading from the past, to the present and even the future.

Morris will surely make your day!