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Publisher Comments:

In Like Life's eight exquisite stories, Lorrie Moore's characters stumble through their daily existence. These men and women, unsettled and adrift and often frightened, can't quite understand how they arrived at their present situations. Harry has been reworking a play for years in his apartment near Times Square in New York. Jane is biding her time at a cheese shop in a Midwest mall. Dennis, unhappily divorced, buries himself in self-help books about healthful food and healthy relationships. One prefers to speak on the phone rather than face his friends, another lets the answering machine do all the talking. But whether rejected, afraid to commit, bored, disillusioned or just misunderstood, even the most hard-bitten are not without some abiding trust in love.

Review:

"[W]ondrously witty....With gallows humor and unfailing understanding, Moore evokes her characters' quiet desperation and valiant searches for significance." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Although the stories in Like Life are as funny and archly observant as those in Ms. Moore's earlier collection, they are also softer, wiser, more minor-key....The results are richer, more ambitious stories...moving examinations of lives in transition." The New York Times

Review:

"Moore's best book....[D]isplays an impressive range of voice and tone and a punning, exuberant humor." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"While Like Life boasts the verbal acrobatics and gallows humor of Self-Help, it contains a moving emotionality that was previously banned....Filled with lovely, almost surreal descriptions." The Boston Globe

Review:

"A brilliant collection....The funny and the tragic dovetail with precision and poignancy." The Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"Hilarious and generous and true. Moore's work continues to astound." Newsday

Review:

"Affecting and beautifully written....[Moore's] keenly detailed language and unfailing generosity of spirit are irresistible." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Insightful and moving....A rewarding, even exhilarating book." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[Moore's] brilliant and ever-expanding body of work suggests there are few enduring pleasures left to us — not least of which are laughing, weeping, and marveling at the countless ways we stumble through." The Village Voice

Review:

"Lorrie Moore is a dazzler....She mixes comedy and sadness, wisecracks and poignancy." John Casey, Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Moore dances around the edges of broken relationships with a delicacy that expresses both despair, acceptance, and a fledging resilience to try again....These are stories that bear rereading." Library Journal

Review:

"Taut, subversive tales...fueled by a sensibility as dark as Margaret Atwood's." The Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"The best American writer of her generation." The Sunday Times (London)

About the Author

Lorrie More is the author of the story collections Birds of America and Self-Help, and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Anagrams. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375719165
Author:
Moore, Lorrie
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reissue ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
2001-211288
Publication Date:
September 3, 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.02x5.28x.51 in. .45 lbs.

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Product details 192 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375719165 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[W]ondrously witty....With gallows humor and unfailing understanding, Moore evokes her characters' quiet desperation and valiant searches for significance."
"Review" by , "Although the stories in Like Life are as funny and archly observant as those in Ms. Moore's earlier collection, they are also softer, wiser, more minor-key....The results are richer, more ambitious stories...moving examinations of lives in transition."
"Review" by , "Moore's best book....[D]isplays an impressive range of voice and tone and a punning, exuberant humor."
"Review" by , "While Like Life boasts the verbal acrobatics and gallows humor of Self-Help, it contains a moving emotionality that was previously banned....Filled with lovely, almost surreal descriptions."
"Review" by , "A brilliant collection....The funny and the tragic dovetail with precision and poignancy."
"Review" by , "Hilarious and generous and true. Moore's work continues to astound."
"Review" by , "Affecting and beautifully written....[Moore's] keenly detailed language and unfailing generosity of spirit are irresistible."
"Review" by , "Insightful and moving....A rewarding, even exhilarating book."
"Review" by , "[Moore's] brilliant and ever-expanding body of work suggests there are few enduring pleasures left to us — not least of which are laughing, weeping, and marveling at the countless ways we stumble through."
"Review" by , "Lorrie Moore is a dazzler....She mixes comedy and sadness, wisecracks and poignancy."
"Review" by , "Moore dances around the edges of broken relationships with a delicacy that expresses both despair, acceptance, and a fledging resilience to try again....These are stories that bear rereading."
"Review" by , "Taut, subversive tales...fueled by a sensibility as dark as Margaret Atwood's."
"Review" by , "The best American writer of her generation."
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