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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060727101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060727109
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Erma Lee is a wonderful character ...It is hard to believe that Wiregrass is a first novel.” (--Anne Rivers Siddons, author of Nora, Nora )

“...truly inspiring and uplifting without ever being preachy or didactic. A real page turner with very strong characters.”- (--Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls )

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"Erma Lee Jacobs is a wonderful character full of strength, vulnerability and possibility, all in equal measure. It is hard to believe that A Place Called Wiregrass is a first novel."-Anne Rivers Siddons, Author of Nora, Nora

"Having done a lot of literary work in one of the poorest counties of eastern Kentucky, I know the world of this novel. Michael Morris has captured the hardscrabble world of the marginalized and dispossessed to a 'T.' The depiction of abusive relationships is very real, as is the friendship, camaraderie, and strength among women. This novel is truly inspiring and uplifting without ever being preachy or didactic. A real page turner with very strong characters."-Lee Smith, Author of Saving Grace

"In words both simple and eloquent, Michael Morris writes of the people he knows with honesty and compassion. His style is worthy of comparisons to fellow Southern writers Larry Brown and Lee Smith."-Tim McLaurin, Author of The River Less Run

"Michael Morris is a born writer who learned his craft by living. He knows that story comes first. Try putting this one down!"-Janice Daugharty, Author of Like A Sister

"A Place Called Wiregrass is a powerful story of saving grace, cherished friendship, and gritty survival. You'll read it and cheer. This is a great book!"-Lynne Hinton, Author of Friendship Cake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

Man in the Blue Moon is Michael Morris' fourth novel and it was named a Best Book of 2012 by Publishers Weekly. He is also the author of the award winning novel, A Place Called Wiregrass, and Slow Way Home, named one of the best novels of the year by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the St. Louis Dispatch. His novella, Live Like You Were Dying, was a finalist for the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. A fifth-generation native of rural Florida, he currently resides in Alabama.

Customer Reviews

Mr. Morris has written such a wonderful story.
"hillary777"
Rarely do I read a book ( and I read A LOT) that makes me sorry for the need for sleep and even more sorry to see it end.
"mskb12"
They develope a wonderful friendship and Erma Lee learns to love herself and life.
C. Scott

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Soozie4Him VINE VOICE on November 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
What first attracted me to this book was the fact that it won the "Christy Award" for the best first novel. But what kept me reading past the first chapter was the realistic, delightful character of Erma Lee. When we first meet her, Erma Lee has left her no-good abusive husband. She takes her granddaughter Cher with her. They find a town called Wiregrass, Alabama where Erma Lee finds a job, friendship and a whole new life in the person of Miss Claudia, a wealthy older lady.
The author shows how being a survivor of bad circumstances isn't something just for the poor - even Miss Claudia has her secrets. This book is almost impossible to put down. The story line is so believable, and the writing style is incredible. I can't wait to read Michael Morris's next book!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By LORNA E. on September 29, 2004
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FINALLY A NOVEL ABOUT SOUTHERN WOMEN THAT DOES NOT PAINT THEM AS DIRT EATING FOOLS! THE WRITER SHOWS THE READER TWO DIFFERENT LIFESTYLES FROM THE RURAL WORKING CLASS TO THE OLD MONEY WHEELS OF SMALL TOWN LIFE. i VERY MUCH ENJOYED THE MAIN CHARACTER, ERMA LEE, EVEN THOUGH I CAN'T SAY THAT I LIKED HER. IT IS THE MORE REFINED MISS CLAUDIA THAT WON MY HEART. I FINISHED THIS NOVEL THINKING THAT I NEED A MISS CLAUDIA IN MY OWN LIFE. THIS IS REAL LIFE (FRIENDSHIP, FAITH, HURTS AND DREAMS). A SOLID FIRST NOVEL THAT LEFT ME WANTING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO ERMA LEE.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Deb on June 22, 2004
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Erma Lee is an abused wife who runs off to Wiregrass with her granddaughter Cher. The story is told from Erma's point of view, so you understand why she does what she does even if it doesn't make sense. The relationships and chracters are the heart of this book. I was very touched by them and I could have almost cried at the ending. This novel is well deserving of the Christy Award that it received.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donna Donner on March 18, 2004
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While browsing through some of the books that I love on Amazon I found this one reccomended. If you love good southern writing like Cassandra King (Sunday Wife) Pat Conroy and Silas House (Clay's Quilt) then this is the kind of book that you will love.I certainly did. Being a native of the real Wiregrass (Dothan, Al) I can speak to the authenticity of the characters and the dialect.Reading this book was like a visit back home. Just when I thought it was wrapping up the writer threw in a plot twist that kept me up until the early AM. This book is fine southern writing with a good plot.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "dallas6" on November 26, 2002
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The beautiful cover of this book first caught my attention and then I was reeled in by the quote of one of my favorites, Lee Smith (The Last Girls and Oral History).
This author captures the voices of the impoverished and the well to do; convincingly presenting two women from different sides of the track. Where this novel could have gone down the all too familiar avenue of male bashing or jaded romance, the author instead keeps the focus on the relationship between two strong willed women from different levels of society. The dialect in this novel will resonate as pitch perfect to anyone familiar with the south but what shines the brightest are the variety of people described in the small town of Wiregrass. You'll be pleased you took the time to pay a visit.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Allen on April 16, 2005
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I loved this book. After living in Alabama for a year and then returning to Canada, I yearned for some Southern comfort and found it in this book. The author brings the characters to life, and I found myself laughing and crying. I couldn't put it down and am sorry I've now finished it. It'll be hard to find another book to top this one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christi Gibson on December 19, 2002
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I just finished reading the novel "A Place Called Wiregrass" by
Michael Morris and was captivated by the story and content. I
do hope the executives in Hollywood receive a copy for review and
attempt to make a movie. I would love to see the characters and
setting come to life on screen. It is hard to believe that a male
could write in the first person about an abused female and understand
the trials, obstacles, and feelings of that individual. I am
astonished and would be most interested in reading future novels
by this author. It is clearly a masterpiece and rare find.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "mskb12" on October 25, 2002
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This beautiful book is filled with characters to love, characters to hate and joy in the redeeming value of love and endurance. Rarely do I read a book ( and I read A LOT) that makes me sorry for the need for sleep and even more sorry to see it end. Wiregrass is a place we have all known, but few have taken the time to get to know well. Thank you Michael Morris for the rare novel that takes us through a multitude of emotions (without risk of being offended) and then gently comforts in the end!
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