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.
"Great Writing - Not Great Book"
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...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.
"Enjoyable, intriguing short story collection"
Lorrie Moore has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1989. Her books include the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Anagrams; the story collections Self-Help, Like Life, and Birds of America, which won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize; and a children's book, The Forgotten Helper. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin at Madison since 1984.
Chang-rae Lee's debut novel, Native Speaker, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award; parts of both of his last two novels, A Gesture Life and Aloft, were first published in The New Yorker. Lorrie Moore has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1989.