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This review is from: The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore (Paperback)
I've never been a fan of short stories but if anyone can bring about a conversion in me, it's Lorrie Moore.
This collection features some outstanding short stories achieving the emotional depth of full-blown novels, notably `People like them are the only people here', `Terrific Mother' and the hilarious `You're Ugly Too'.
`Terrific Mother' deals with the emotion that descends on all mothers before they leave the delivery room - guilt. For Adrienne the guilt is engendered by experiencing motherhood vicariously, when holding a friend's baby, and from the random, accidental yet traumatic event that follows. Thereafter Adrienne subconsciously renounces her right ever to love or to be loved, with devastating consequences for her marriage ("I married my husband because I thought it would be a great way to meet guys") and the social situations she is thrust into as the result of her husband's secondment amongst the academic fraternity of Italy. Here she inhabits the uncomfortable cloak of `spouse' and endures some excruciating and hilarious conversations, where no one speaks to her directly and Moore observes: `at times like this, she thought, it was probably a good idea to carry a small hand puppet'.
Deeply moving, witty and tragicomic.