“Fifty years from now, it may well turn out that the work of
very few American writers has as much to say about what it means to be alive in
our time as that of Lorrie Moore” (Harper’s).
A literary event—a new collection of stories by one of
America’s most beloved and admired short story writers, her first collection in
In these eight masterful stories, Lorrie Moore, in a perfect
blend of craft and bewitched spirit, explores the passage of time and summons
up its inevitable sorrows and hilarious pitfalls to reveal her own exquisite,
In “Debarking,” a newly divorced man tries to keep his wits
about him as the United States prepares to invade Iraq, and against this
ominous moment, we see—in all its irresistible hilarity and darkness—the perils
of divorce and what can follow in its wake. In “Foes,” a political argument
goes grotesquely awry as the events of 9/11 unexpectedly manifest at a
fund-raising dinner in Georgetown. In “The Juniper Tree,” a teacher, visited by
the ghost of her recently deceased friend, is forced to sing “The Star-Spangled
Banner” in a kind of nightmare reunion. And in “Wings,” we watch the unraveling
of two once-hopeful musicians who neither held fast to their dreams nor struck
out along other paths as Moore deftly depicts the intricacies of dead ends and
the workings of regret.
Gimlet-eyed social observation, the public and private
absurdities of American life, dramatic irony, and enduring half-cracked love
wend their way through each of these narratives in a heartrending mash-up of
the tragic and the laugh-out-loud—the hallmark of Lorrie Moore–land.
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