Synopses & Reviews
In these tales of loss and pleasure, lovers and family, a woman learns to conduct an affair, a child of divorce dances with her mother, and a woman with a terminal illness contemplates her exit. Filled with the sharp humor, emotional acuity, and joyful language Moore has become famous for, these nine glittering tales marked the introduction of an extravagantly gifted writer.
"A wry, crackly voice....Fine, funny, and very moving pictures of contemporary life [from] a writer of enormous talent."
The New York Times
"Astonishing....Moore is so good at trapping each moment in perfect, precise detail, so masterful at cynicism and wryness that her moments of poignancy and sweetness catch us completely off guard." San Francisco Chronicle
"Sharp, flicking, on-target...the work of a sorcerer' s apprentice. Moore casts a cruel, mischievous spell." Vanity Fair
"Brisk, ironic...scalpel-sharp....A funny, cohesive, and moving collection of stories." The New York Times Book Review
"Trenchant, funny tales....Moore is much more than another chronicler of the chronically out-of-sync relations between American men and women. She writes with urgency and pace." People
An anthology of ten short stories focuses on women who are on the brink of loneliness--their mothers are dying, their husbands and lovers are leaving them--and who face their disappointments with anxiety laced with ironic humor. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
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.