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Bark [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Lorrie Moore
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4 Mar 2014
A new collection of stories by one of America’s most beloved and admired short-story writers, her first in fifteen years, since Birds of America (“Fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial . . . Will stand by itself as one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability.” —The New York Times Book Review, cover).
These eight masterly stories reveal Lorrie Moore at her most mature and in a perfect configuration of craft, mind, and bewitched spirit, as she 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 wit 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 themselves 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 . . . And in “Wings,” we watch the inevitable unraveling of two once-hopeful musicians, neither of whom held fast to their dreams nor struck out along other paths, as Moore deftly depicts the intricacies of dead-ends-ville and the workings of regret . . .

Here are people beset, burdened, buoyed; protected by raising teenage children; dating after divorce; facing the serious illness of a longtime friend; setting forth on a romantic assignation abroad, having it interrupted mid-trip, and coming to understand the larger ramifications and the impossibility of the connection . . . stories that show people coping with large dislocation in their lives, with risking a new path to answer the desire to be in relation—to someone . . .

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 life in Lorrie-Moore-land.
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  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (4 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482968916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482968910
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,353,944 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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"These stories are laugh-out-loud funny, as well as full of pithy commentary on contemporary life and politics." -Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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 growing a carapace 12 May 2014
Life was pretty rough in the earlier Lorrie Moore stories, and always met with a salvo of jokes and aphorisms, most of them blackish.
The same is true here, but it is an older voice. There are fine stories of men and women living alone, after the terrible pain of divorce, which she describes as one of the great unmentionables. So too is grave mental and physical illness, which she describes fearlessly. I want to go back and write down some of her wonderful one-liners. She is a smart ass's smart ass, which I regard as a heroic thing to be, in the face of terrible things so many writers treat with a gluey sentimentality. I think her political stories aren't as successful, because always one is preaching to the choir. But an unmissable collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Return to Form 21 Jun 2014
By J. Ang
Format:Kindle Edition
After the dismal showing on her last novel "The Gate at the Stairs", I was hesitant about picking up Moore's latest work. I am glad I did because not only did it feel like she has returned to form with this collection, but it also further confirmed for me that Moore's strength is in short stories (as previous glowing collections like "Birds of America" and "Self-Help" have proven). And there is no shame in that - just look at Nobel Prize winner, Alice Munro, who almost exclusively writes short fiction.

In these 8 stories, Moore examines moments in the lives of characters, who are as varied as the different junctures they are at in life. The stories are diverse, and often surprising, when a word, or a new situation in life presents the characters with decisions they have to make - and they don't always choose wisely. But that approximates life as we know it, in my opinion.

In the first and one of the longer stories in the collection, "Debarking", a new divorcee, Ira, tries to get a foot back in the dating game and lands up with an attractive, but possibly mentally unstable pediatrician Zora, who has a closer-than-comfortable relationship with her teenaged son. Against the background of America's impending war with Iraq, Ira rather self-indulgently imposes his personal issues on global matters, when he anguishes over his new relationship: "I would stop seeing her, but I don't seem to be able to. Especially now with all that's happening in the world. I can't live without some intimacy, companionship, whatever you want to call it, to face down this global craziness." Ira's best friend, Mike's advice is: "You shouldn't use people as human shields... Or - I don't know - maybe you should".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition 29 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was recommended to me and well worth reading. In fact all of her books are excellent. Order one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique voice 26 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
She is a remarkable writer. Unlike any other and its a very rewarding read. Give her a try if you don't know her work.
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