'A quality of observation so intense that it amounts to a form of delicate violence, a slicing through the surface of things.' -- Sunday Telegraph
'An extraordinary short-story writer [and] a deeply moving one.' -- Helen Dunmore, Financial Times
'Her stories are as resonant and unsettling as those of Alice Munro ... sensitive, funny, sometimes despairing, sometimes dauntless.' -- TLS
'Lorrie Moore [has] set the tone of the female-centred comedy of the past fiteen years.' -- Literary Review
'Moore's great talent is cutting to the heart of matters, exploring the darkness in a way that defines black humour.' -- Scotsman
'[Lorrie Moore] manages to be very funny while delivering impressive quantities of pathos and insight.' -- Guardian
Wonderful collection from one of the most acclaimed and influential writers of her generation.
From the Inside Flap
Lorrie Moores first collection of short stories, Self-Help, was published in 1985 when she was twenty-seven years old. This volume of intimate, funny, melancholic stories about lovers, loneliness and never quite belonging was hailed an instant classic and established her reputation as a writer of international distinction. Collected here for the first time are the stories from Self-Help, Like Life, Birds of America, and those from Anagrams, along with three new stories in which Moore turns her attentions to lifes middle years. In Paper Losses, a middle-aged couple who fell in love as peaceniks deal with the collateral damage of a broken marriage. In The Juniper Tree, a woman is given the second chance to say goodbye to a friend who is dying of cancer. And in the hilarious Debarking, Ira struggles through the indignities of the divorcee dating scene. All told in her characteristic knowing, wry voice, these stories confirm Moore as one of the most significant and best-loved writers of the form at work today.
From the Back Cover
Moore, while fascinated almost exclusively with broken people, is among the very funniest writers alive. She is known for this, and other writers are known for this, too, I guess, but there is perhaps no other writer who balances the two so precariously, so perfectly. Dave Eggers The fact that Moore is such a delight so easy to read should not make one forget what a major writer shes become. Geoff Dyer Witty, but never merely clever, and tender without sentimentality. Hilary Mantel A true observer of millennial unease. Anita Brookner
About the Author
Lorrie Moore was born in 1957 in Glens Falls, New York, and attended St Lawrence University and Cornell University. Her work has appeared frequently in the New Yorker and Best American Short Stories. She currently teaches English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She is the author of three collections of short stories - Self-Help, Like Life and Birds of America - and the novels Anagrams and Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? She is also editor of The Faber Book of Contemporary Stories About Childhood.