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Bark [Hardcover]

Lorrie Moore
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Book Description

6 Mar 2014

In these eight masterful stories, Lorrie Moore, explores the passage of time, and summons up its inevitable sorrows and comic pitfalls.

In 'Debarking', a newly divorced man tries to keep his wits about him as the US prepares to invade Iraq. In 'Foes', a political argument goes grotesquely awry as the events of 9/11 unexpectedly manifest at a fundraising 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.

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 Moore's characteristic style that is always tender, never sentimental and often heartbreakingly funny.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (6 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571273904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571273904
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lorrie Moore is the award-winning author of the story collections Self-Help, Like Life, and Birds of America, and the novels Anagrams and Who will Run the Frog Hospital? She currently teaches English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison

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Moore is one of the world's great artists of the short story ... Perfection. (Kate Saunders, The Times)

Bark is a collection of taut, coherent, breathtaking enchantments which - looked at individually and taken together - remind us how only fiction has the real ability to re-create the world, to slant the light and make us see ourselves, and everything around us, as if for the very first time ... Reading these stories is an intense, disquieting, exhilarating experience ... Find a straight half-hour. Find an hour, or even two. You will be richly rewarded. (Erica Wagner, Financial Times)

Plenty of superb comic touches. (James Kidd, Independent)

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A literary moment and celebration - a new collection by one of America's most beloved and admired short story writers; her first in fifteen years, since Birds of America

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By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Lorrie Moore has come in for some fire on this new book, and at least one other Amazon reviewer has pointed out the weight of expectation that attended this one: the length of time since she last published a collection could partly explain some people's disappointment.

And certainly, the first couple of stories (taking up 60ish pages) were ALSO in the bright orange Collected Stories, so that's slightly frustrating Value For Money-wise.

Also, the earlier stories in the book - like 'Wings', about a late thirties / early forties couple in a failing rock band, still not giving up hope of fame, or at least fortune - are verging on depressing.

But if you LOVE Lorrie Moore please BUY this book and READ IT ALL THE WAY TO THE END. The two last stories - one about a couple who've known each other since school, who've always had a thing for each other, and who meet up in Paris - and the other about honestly one of the craziest, best weddings in the whole of fiction - MUST NOT BE MISSED. One made me spit out my tea laughing, the other made me cry.

Sorry to put on Key Caps but seriously, this is actually important. Please buy the book.
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Among the most acclaimed writers of mainstream literary fiction of her generation, Lorrie Moore’s latest, “Bark: Stories”, may be remembered as one of the finest short story collections published this year. These are eight compellingly readable tales about relations between the sexes, with Moore demonstrating that she is both a memorable storyteller and prose stylist. “Departing”, the first story, chronicles an older man’s efforts in winning the heart of a divorced pediatrician with an adorable tenth grader of a son. It is followed by “The Juniper Tree”, a surreal remembrance of a friend who dies, but returns for one last meeting at home with her close circle of female friends. In “Paper Losses”, a husband and wife who met during the 1960s peace movement, contemplate one last fling of marital bliss during a vacation in the tropics before filing for divorce. In “Foes”, set sometime during the 2008 Presidential campaign, art, literature and politics intrude upon a dinner conversation somewhere in Georgetown. In “Wings”, the collection’s longest story, two friends see their lives from the perspective of notable pop and rock songs. In “Referential”, one of the collection’s shortest, a woman tells her lover that she’s decided to bring home her deranged son who is institutionalized for his mental health disorder. In “Subject to Search”, a couple meet in a French café, discussing their lives in the context of the Iraq War and the upcoming 2004 Presidential election. Last, but not least, “Thank You for Having Me”, recounts how a single mom bonds with her daughter as she mourns the death of singer-songwriter Michael Jackson the day after his death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 11 April 2014
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Lorrie Moore creates short fictions that sparkle with insight and humanity, humour and wit. I find her stories poignant and funny, often compassionate but never sentimental or trite. Like so many good short story writers, she makes the ordinary extraordinary. Wonderful.
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