Travelers Rest: A Novel

Travelers Rest: A Novel

by Keith Lee Morris


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A chilling fable about a family marooned in a snowbound town whose grievous history intrudes on the dreamlike present.

The Addisons-Julia and Tonio, ten-year-old Dewey, and derelict Uncle Robbie-are driving home, cross-country, after collecting Robbie from yet another trip to rehab. When a terrifying blizzard strikes outside the town of Good Night, Idaho, they seek refuge in the town at the Travelers Rest, a formerly opulent but now crumbling and eerie hotel where the physical laws of the universe are bent.

Once inside the hotel, the family is separated. As Julia and Tonio drift through the maze of the hotel's spectral interiors, struggling to make sense of the building's alluring powers, Dewey ventures outward to a secret-filled diner across the street. Meanwhile, a desperate Robbie quickly succumbs to his old vices, drifting ever further from the ones who love him most. With each passing hour, dreams and memories blur, tearing a hole in the fabric of our perceived reality and leaving the Addisons in a ceaseless search for one another. At each turn a mysterious force prevents them from reuniting, until at last Julia is faced with an impossible choice. Can this mother save her family from the fate of becoming Souvenirs-those citizens trapped forever in magnetic Good Night-or, worse, from disappearing entirely?

With the fearsome intensity of a ghost story, the magical spark of a fairy tale, and the emotional depth of the finest family sagas, Keith Lee Morris takes us on a journey beyond the realm of the known. Featuring prose as dizzyingly beautiful as the mystical world Morris creates, TRAVELERS REST is both a mind-altering meditation on the nature of consciousness and a heartbreaking story of a family on the brink of survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316335812
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Keith Lee Morris is the author of two previous novels, The Greyhound God and The Dart League King, a Barnes & Noble Discover pick. His short stories have been published in New Stories from the South, Tin House, A Public Space, New England Review, and Southern Review, which awarded him its Eudora Welty Prize in fiction. Morris lives in South Carolina, where he is a professor of creative writing at Clemson University.

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Travelers Rest 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Graywolf More than 1 year ago
I would have given this book 2 stars, but I found the story and overall idea of the book good. Also the writer did a great job connecting all the characters to the correct timeline. The characters themselves were also really good. However, there were tons of run on sentences. I've never seen so many run on sentences in a book. You'd think the sentence would end, but it would just continue on and on. Another thing that I found quite bothersome was the mention of how smart the 10 year old boy in this book, Dewey, was. He is supposedly smarter than your average ten year old and the writer mentions it, throughout the whole book, again and again. They would mention how smart Dewey was and how normal ten year olds wouldn't understand, but Dewey did because he was so smart. Yes, Dewey is smart for a ten year old in a lot of ways, but I thought that sometimes his thoughts or reactions were the same to a kid about his age. Regular ten year olds still have instincts and can tell when something is off. Ten year olds can sill figure out things even if they aren't super smart. Lastly, Dewey has a nickname. His family calls him the Dooze man or the Doozer, which is fine, but these nickname are mentioned often even when Dewey is referring to himself in his chapters. Each chapter is written by one of the characters point of view, Tonio, Julia, Dewey, or Robbie. I just found this annoying and sort of weird that he would be referring to himself as the Dooze man so much. I will also say that the book may get a bit long or confusing at times, but the last 50 pages or so of the book was really good.
Wiliam_Maltese More than 1 year ago
NOT NEARLY THE SCARE I WANTED OR EXPECTED! I picked this up expecting a horror story, and I suppose it is one, at least for the characters involved: a husband, wife, wastrel brother of the husband, and a young boy, who pull off the highway in a snowstorm and check into the mysterious Travelers Rest Hotel in the middle of hinterland nowhere. For this reader, though, it's less a scary journey than it is a course in the theory of parallel dimensions, dreams and memories vs. reality, the nature of consciousness and unconsciousness, and the could-we should-we arguments for and against changing the past and/or future even if given the opportunity. There's a lot of conversation. There's a lot of characters roaming empty hallways, rooms, and even into the snowy out-of-doors. There's a story told, past, present, probably future. None of which is all that gripping, at least not as far as this reader was concerned. I did enjoy the book from the standpoint of it taking place in the Pacific Northwest, with a lot of references to places I've been and seen: Seattle, Spokane (and Spokane Falls), Sandpoint ... even the fictitious Good Night, Idaho, had me thinking of the very real old mining town of Wallace, Idaho. More esoteric than scary, with an ending predictable, I still didn't begrudge the time I spent reading of the Addison family and their plight in the past, in the present, and likely forever and ever into the future. Others might enjoy it as well, if they approach it with no hopes of being scared out of their seats anywhere along the way.