A literary event - a new collection of stories by one of America's most beloved and admired short story writers, her first collection in fifteen years.
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, singular wisdom.
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.
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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By James on 11-07-14
Not the best
And Moore is amongst the best of short story writers, but these are thin and dispiriting pieces in the main. Go elsewhere is my advice if you want a more rewarding read, and come back to this if you are a completist.
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By CGJ on 04-01-15
Enjoyable, intriguing short story collection
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
For those who like short stories yes. Other reviewers complained about this collection being "thin" and that not enough stories. Well, this is not meant to be "War & Peace" (big fat novel). I find myself satiated with this collection & looking forward to more. I've always liked anthologies though I realize it's not for everyone.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The two former "consultants" who met up in a Paris cafe after years of being "together". A taste of secrecy, spies, intrigue yet such humane exposure of two human beings.
Find out for yourself. I don't wanna spoil it.
Which scene was your favorite?
The farm wedding (hehehe), laughed so hard! So tell-it-like-it-is REAL. Moore's storytelling is so good I can visualize the whole enchilada! The voices, wedding dresses (love the color descriptions), the ex-father-in-law's lust, the "entertainment" and chaos from unexpected snafu...hilarious.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Yes, when the woman in the Paris cafe wondered if she should pronounce the two S's in "couscous". Is it just couscoooo since there's no letter after the 2nd "s"?
Made me realize how silly it is when I worry about this kind of thing too. Made me have empathy for the character (key trait of good storyteller).
Any additional comments?
Well done Lorrie Moore! I dig even all the double entendres, alliterations, puns e.g. the title "Bark" and 1st story "Debarked". Debarked means so many things to me (a dog nut), it means one's unique voice has been taken away, like a cat declawed, a bull that's neutered - fundamentally altered.
This collection of short stories is NOT "thin". I find them rich, full spectrum and engaging. I look forward to more stories from Ms. Moore.
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By Lisa on 16-04-16
this got good reviews and kept appearing as something I'd like. well, the algorithm was completely off base this time. whiny, awkward, pointless stories. I'll never read this author again.
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