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4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Scrabble bag, 8 April 1999
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This review is from: Anagrams (Paperback)
Anagrams was Lorrie Moore's first novel, and though she has since been critical of it when interviewed, it remains an excellent debut. The central tenet, of a woman seeing the different possibilities of her life has been explored well elsewhere - Carol Anshaw's Aquamarine is a good example - but the sheer quality of Moore's writing, her pastiche of genre and form, and her ludic sense, as well as her observation of the eclectic mix of sensitivities and appropriated behaviours of her characters makes this novel companionable and moving. The anagrams cast from the same basic facts, of thirtysomething existence against a college background, tell something about the endless potential of our lives, in the scrabble bag of lovers, kids, friends, jobs, homes. Sassier than Anne Tyler, and mentally quicker than the most recent Jane Smiley or Alison Lurie novels, it's a compelling portrait of two women - the writer Moore and her creation, Benna - exploring their own diversities. (As a footnote, Faber are getting rid of the terrific Anora Spence illustrations on the covers, which is a pity: they fit well with the tones of Moore's novels.)
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