For two years, Brother Pete has lived as a monk, in a rundown abbey on the outskirts of a big city. He has run away from his life only to find himself among a group of outcasts and oddballs - from a former child star who's seen better days, to a mean old abbot who makes no secret of his love for drink and his hatred for almost everything else.
It's not exactly what Pete had in mind.
Then one day a stranger arrives and throws everything even more off balance.
Soon, it seems Brother Pete will need to face his own past if he wants to find out whether this mysterious visitor is a danger - or a savior.
About the Author
James Morrison is the author of a memoir, Broken Fever , and a novel, The Lost Girl, among other books. His collection of short stories, Said and Done , was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and winner of a ForeWord Book of the Year award.
Morrison lives in Southern California and teaches at Claremont McKenna College.
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James Morrison “Everyday Ghost” In James Morrison fable, “Everyday Ghost,” he portrays his main character as a monk in a rundown abbey on the outskirts of the city. The Characters are perfect for his story, for he showed the theme through Father Gabriel, Father Louis and Pete. Pete, showed multiple personalities right from the beginning of the story. One example of this story, he showed a strong faith that made him believe that actually saved him when he was a boy. Growing up in a mansion and his father is often away for business but when he actually around he show strictness in how he see things and it should life should be lived. As he grew up, he was unable to accept how his father treated him so he decided to run away. But his faith saved him, for this is where he found his calling to be a monk. As young monk he had shown his humility and the desire to become a good monk. One day he saw Brother Louis bet “Neb” the donkey. Even though he didn’t like what he saw he stopped himself from saying anything but instead he went to Father Gabriel and told him what happened. He showed a strong faith that made him believe that actually saved him when he was a boy. Living in the monastery, he had seen some monks’ personality that he doesn’t really think is the right way to act as a monk. Regardless of these feelings, as a new monk his voice cannot be heard by any other monk. On the contrary, Father Gabriel is an old abbot who had shown animosity for almost everything around him. He loves to drink and he is not afraid to let everybody know about his drinking habits. He believed in doing things old school way. He was the reason why Pete was accepted to monk, as he read Pete’s letter something just hit him and mad him accept Pete. While Father Louis on the other hand showed an insensitive mean monk. He showed no feeling as he beat Ned the donkey. The plot started when a stranger arrived and added complication in the monk’s life. Father Gabriel didn’t like the stranger as he called the cops to get him arrested, but unfortunately they were unable to get the stranger. Pete also feels that there’s someone that comes in at night it is just that he cannot see that person. As time went by, Pete and Father Gabriel went to town due to Father Gabriel toothache. When they where done with the dentist, Father Gabriel showed a different personality; a personality that he have never seen. The animosity that he have around him just disappeared and he showed how he cares and love life. By the end of the story the stranger burned down the barn killing Neb, this is when Pete saw how this death affected Father Louis. He did showed no sympathy with the donkey as he beat him up. But as Neb died it showed what he really felt. In conclusion, the story is like a roller coaster as you don’t know what’s really going on and where the story is going. But at the end it showed a lot of moral and that no one should judge anybody for what they see. Work Cited James Morrison “Everyday Ghost” A Fable, Gemma Media 2011