Manhattan Morning

Dan Morrison, on a short visit to NY where he once lived, has some time to burn. He decides to walk from the Warwick Hotel to Grand Central Terminal to buy a bus ticket to JFK airport -- an unnecessary errand.

As he walks, the sights and sounds of Manhattan stimulate many thoughts, among them the relationship between art and fashion. But most importantly, he thinks about several women in his life, including his current and former wives.

Ducking into St. Patrick's Cathedral for a few moments of quiet, Dan forgets that a church can bring to mind a particularly troubling incident -- one he can't seem to resolve -- and to his discomfort, he's forced to try again to make sense of it.

Continuing on to his destination, he has an unexpected encounter that both causes him to wonder about what lies  ahead and challenges his values.

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Fowler W Martin

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Comments about "Manhattan Morning" from Readers

"The book is charming, gracefully written, and wise in its own modest and winsome way. I read it in one enjoyable sitting. 

I know that area in NYC, in and around 5th and 54th, for once upon a time I was a member of the University Club.  So I followed your steps down to St. Patrick's with all the stores and all the voices along the way.

The middle story is told with generosity of spirit towards all participants and never gets near either the sensational or the exploitative.  You do this well (and I must assume that at least some part of it is based on events you know well). I was wholly absorbed in the chronology. And the mother-in-law is something to behold!

The last story is touching in its simple human beauty.  You made me present and I enjoyed the company."  W.C.


It is a haunting work of fascinating contrasts, elusive, bittersweet nostalgia in a mosaic-precise setting. You aren’t easy on the reader left wondering about Dan and Helen, Dan and Marcy – their relationships – never mind Gloria – and so your quirky ending is as surprising as it is charming. P.L.L.


I enjoyed your book very much — the way it was structured, the New York-ness of it, and the quiet, inside-his-head perspective. K.T.

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