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All Joe Knight

A Novel

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A prominent figure in the entertainment world who has turned to fiction in the last decade, Kevin Morris received wide literary acclaim with his story collection White Man’s Problems, praised by David Carr as “remarkable” and Tom Perrotta as “revelatory.” Now Morris cements his place as a bold new voice in American literature with his muscular debut novel, All Joe Knight.

1961. Outside Philadelphia, a soon-to-be father runs into a telephone pole while driving drunk; nine months later, his widow dies in a smashed up T-Bird. From the start, the orphaned Joe Knight is a blank slate. Taken in by a kindly aunt in a tough-skinned suburb, Joe finds his family in high school with the Fallcrest basketball team—the kind of team that comes around once in a lifetime. White guys, black guys, speed, height, raw athleticism, every element is perfectly in synch. All these kids want, all they dream of, is to make it to the Palestra, UPenn’s cathedral of college basketball.

Fast-forward thirty years. Joe is newly divorced with one kid and certain he is unfit for love. Ever since selling the ad firm he built from the ground up for millions, he’s had time on his hands, and now he wiles it away in strip clubs, the only place where he can quiet his mind. But then he hears from Chris Scully, a former Fallcrest teammate who is now District Attorney. It seems the Justice Department is sniffing around the deal that got Joe rich years ago—a deal he cut every member of the basketball team into, except for Scully. As the details about Joe’s possible transgression are unreeled, he is forced to face the emptiness inside himself and a secret that has haunted him for decades.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 19, 2016 – Morris's debut novel (following the story collection White Man's Problems) explores a narcissist's search for meaning in a world that he treats with disdain. Joe Knight never met his father who "ran into a telephone pole" ending a "nonstop bender" that began when his wife told him she was pregnant and was orphaned at six months when his mother's body was found with another man in a "smashed-up T-bird." He is raised by his aunt Dottie in the middle-class suburbs of Philadelphia. Joe is a member of the 1977 78 Fallcrest High School basketball team, which offers him a sense of belonging and a glimmer of the greatness that he feels he is destined for, despite his rocky start. ("I'll light you up all night long. All Knight Long," the narrator says.) Decades later, Joe is divorced with a daughter and living alone in Philadelphia. He's "made enough money" from the sale of his advertising agency and "cut off enough strings that I don't have to do anything and I like it." When his old teammate Chris Scully a starter to Joe's bench position now the district attorney of Dover County, tips Joe off that federal prosecutors are investigating the sale of his company to a French conglomerate, a deal that Joe cut most of his old teammates in on, it pushes Joe to reckon with his relationships. Pennsylvania and basketball are Updike territory, and one can read this story as homage (Joe's ex is named Janice, like Rabbit Angstrom's wife). Even as an echo of Rabbit's mid-century angst, Morris's novel deftly shows that the frustrations of a stunted middle-aged man are evocative terrain.
All Joe Knight
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  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Dec 06, 2016
  • Publisher: Grove Atlantic
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
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