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. All these kids want is to make it to the Palestra, UPenn’s cathedral of college basketball.
Fast-forward thirty years. Joe is newly divorced with one daughter and certain he is unfit for love. Ever since selling the ad firm he built from the ground up for millions, he’s been wiling away his time at a local business school and going to 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. 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.
“A remarkable and agonizing portrayal of a middle-aged man who doesn't know what's become of his life, and doesn't seem to care.”― Tyler Confoy, Esquire
“Morris’ novel is a surprisingly full portrait of one man who exemplifies the notion.”― Mark Athatakis, USA Today
“A moving portrait of a lost soul in modern America, for all readers of literary fiction.”―Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal
“Kevin Morris goes for a slam dunk in his debut novel, All Joe Knight.”―Vanity Fair Hot Type