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Author: Lorrie Moore Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2019 ISBN: 9781982636968
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In her bestselling story collection, Birds of America (“[it] will stand by itself as one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability” —James McManus, front page of the New York Times Book Review), Lorrie Moore wrote about the disconnect between men and women, about the precariousness of women on the edge, and about loneliness and loss.

Now, in her dazzling new novel—her first in more than a decade—Moore turns her eye on the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, on the insidiousness of racism, the blind-sidedness of war, and the recklessness thrust on others in the name of love.

As the United States begins gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the Midwestern daughter of a gentleman hill farmer—his “Keltjin potatoes” are justifiably famous—has come to a university town as a college student, her brain on fire with Chaucer, Sylvia Plath, Simone de Beauvoir.

Between semesters, she takes a job as a part-time nanny.

The family she works for seems both mysterious and glamorous to her, and although Tassie had once found children boring, she comes to care for, and to protect, their newly adopted little girl as her own.

As the year unfolds and she is drawn deeper into each of these lives, her own life back home becomes ever more alien to her: her parents are frailer; her brother, aimless and lost in high school, contemplates joining the military. Tassie finds herself becoming more and more the stranger she felt herself to be, and as life and love unravel dramatically, even shockingly, she is forever changed.

This long-awaited new novel by one of the most heralded writers of the past two decades is lyrical, funny, moving, and devastating; Lorrie Moore’s most ambitious book to date—textured, beguiling, and wise.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[It] will stand by itself as one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability.”

    New York Times Book Review on Birds of America

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 5/22/2011

    " Moore's writing is so compelling. Sometimes I'm not entirely convinced that a 21-yr old would be thinking the thoughts Moore ascribes to her, but I'm swept along by the lovely writing. I did skip one or two lengthy descriptions of potatoes, but no bother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 5/19/2011

    " Typical Moore. Incredibly descriptive, sensitive, and surprising. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bianca | 5/14/2011

    " Love the way the book was written, the style was almost lyrical but it was so damned depressing. Why are all books so depressing? Still worth the read I suppose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 5/11/2011

    " Lorrie Moore is an inspiration. Her writing is like reading music--lyrical, enveloping, and magical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elana | 5/9/2011

    " It was OK, somewhat boring and disturbing at times, but I did learn a few things, and the end has an interesting twist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julia | 5/7/2011

    " Very overrated book. Characters are mostly cliches. There is one story-within-this-story that is interesting. About 4 pages worth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 5/2/2011

    " I really liked Moore's writing but she really downplayed some of the pivotal moments I thought. I loved the way she wrote about Troy--which in all possible ways is Madison, WI. Just doesn't reach to the level of "recommend" to get four stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 5/1/2011

    " Read a while ago and so need to revisit prior to our discussion - enjoyed the book the first time for sure and love Lorrie Moore's writing in general. Will update comments after a second read. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 4/29/2011

    " Very well written, if a little exaggerated. Babysitter for an adopted child with wealthy older parents learns that the parents earlier caused the death of their son. They lose the adopted child and the sitter attempts to find herself. Author does a wicked job on Madison's pretentions! "

About the Author

Lorrie Moore is the author of the story collections Birds of America, Like Life, and Self-Help and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Anagrams. Her work has won honors from the Lannan Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Irish Times International Prize for Fiction, the Rea Award for the Short Story, and the PEN/Malamud Award. She is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.

About the Narrator

Elisabeth Rodgers is an actress and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. After graduating from Princeton University, she completed a two-year program at William Esper Studio, where she studied with Maggie Flanigan. Her audiobook narration training came from Robin Miles, who has also directed her in several productions. She has recorded dozens of books for a multitude of publishers.