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Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? [Paperback]

Lorrie Moore
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2 Sep 2010
This novel follows the lives of two 11-year-olds intent on escaping childhood. As the strength of their friendship is tested repeatedly, they begin to take their first, exhilarating steps towards adulthood.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571268552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571268559
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,279 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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"Touches and dazzles and entertains.... An enchanting novel." "---"The New York Times "Exquisite . . . exhilarating. . . . Balanced adroitly on the fine line between laughter and tears." --"Chicago Tribune "The extraordinarily talented Lorrie Moore presents the lives of Sils and Berie and the atmosphere of the upstate town they live in with a subtle, moving, and often outright brilliance." "--Los Angeles Times "This novel is like a hand-painted Russian Easter egg, a Chinese sleeve piece done in blind stitch; painstaking, breathtaking beauty in miniature. [Moore] creates a gorgeous, terrifying picture." --"Washington Post Book World "This is more than a girls' coming-of-age story. . . . Ms. Moore was always able to make readers laugh out loud. This is the first of her works that can bring them to tears as well." --"The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The brilliantly funny and sharply observant novel from one of the most acclaimed American writers of her generation.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read again and again 23 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
I haven't read this book for a few years, but it's always remained one of my favourites. brilliantly written, sad and funny, I would recommend this to anyone - but mainly women probably! It's a great book to keep and go back to after a year or two - the story is just as good the second time round, as it's the lovely and vivid style of writing, rather than any major twists or suprises, that make this such a good book. I love it. In fact, after writing this, I might read it again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll laugh. But it cuts like a knife 3 April 2010
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This is one of the "realest" books I've read for a long time. Much has been written about how our sense of expectancy and potential as teenagers so often fizzles out into mediocrity, and how friendships made at that time are more intense than any in later life. But Lorrie Moore has described it brilliantly well, in her story of the close friendship between two teenage girls Berie and Sils. Of Sils: "She could never become boring. If she lived where I lived then, at the moment, that was enough."

The frog hospital was a sad attempt to heal creatures wilfully hurt by boys; and the males in the book are generally ineffectual, damaging or absent. At best perhaps, irrelevant. The book is very funny, but at the same time it's sharp. In fact it cuts like a knife.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finely observed emotion 15 Feb 2014
By Angus Jenkinson VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Moore is most noted for her brilliantly written short stories [[ASIN:0571239366 The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore]. An impeccable stylist, she acutely navigates the comedy and pains of life. Novels are inevitably less tightly woven - but the larger expanse enables an exploration of an emotional landscape. It's more about the territory than a plotline heading for a destination. And here the territory is the emotional life of two best friends, girls in the heady passage towards adulthood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of age 31 Aug 2013
By Sw2
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Beautifully illustrates the powerful friendship between two teenage girls in small town America. It reminded me of a friendship of my own at that age and the passion I felt for my friend. There's something very poignant about that age where you feel your feelings incredibly strongly and Moore perfectly evokes both this together with the subsequent nostalgia we can often feel in remembrance.
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