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The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore by [Moore, Lorrie]
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'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

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Wonderful collection from one of the most acclaimed and influential writers of her generation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 963 KB
  • Print Length: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (22 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1TBX0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'Although Kit and Rafe had met in the peace movement, marching, organizing, making no-nukes signs, now they wanted to kill each other.'

The opening lines of the opening story remind us of some of Lorrie Moore's attributes; the ability to set a scene concisely and with wit and to explore how people and relationships change. She is right up there with the very best of short story writers such as Carver, Munro or Updike. Her dialogue is superb and spare. She writes about people and situations we instantly recognise with the impact of an observational stand up comic - but with compassion and humanity also. Superb.
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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.
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'Although Kit and Rafe had met in the peace movement, marching, organizing, making no-nukes signs, now they wanted to kill each other.'

The opening lines of the opening story remind us of some of Lorrie Moore's attributes; the ability to set a scene concisely and with wit and to explore how people and relationships change. She is right up there with the very best of short story writers such as Carver, Munro or Updike. Her dialogue is superb and spare. She writes about people and situations we instantly recognise with the impact of an observational stand up comic - but with compassion and humanity also. Superb.
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The collection is vast - 37 stories, an average length of 28-30 pages a story - Lorrie Moore doesn't do many short short-stories, this will take a while to wade through and you have to like the genre, which I know many don't. But the thing about Lorrie Moore is how marvellously alive and buzzing her people are, even when they are like Boy 2, in Two Boys, mournful, serious, clinging - you see completely what Moore is doing. I must admit, I don't usually like stories where no one has a name - if you can't be bothered to name your protagonist how can his or her human properties resonate properly? In the better stories, names are given. A favourite for me was What You Want To Do Fine, which is about Quilty, a blind lawyer who falls in love with Mack, a young painter and decorator - their road trip across America is an absolute delight. Another favourite is People Like That Are The Only People Here: Canonical Babbling in Peed Onk (long, rather silly titles are maybe an affectation the reader could do without) is an immensely moving story about a child with leukaemia and his parents. Children feature more in the later stories and one can see the development of Moore's art take that turn, especially as the stories about children (and about parents remembering childhood) become a feature of her fine and delicately-strung sensibilities. There is some beautiful writing. This is from the above-mentioned Peed Onk:

"Pulling through is what people do around here. There is a kind of bravery in their lives that isn't bravery at all.
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I bought this because it was the choice of a member of my book group.
I am a fan of short stories, and recently bought the collection of the 6 finalists from the Sunday Times short story competition, but there are so many stories in here that I got bored and found myself dipping in and out of the book. Not that the stories are not good, but just that they are all very American and written in the same style (not unexpected as it is the same author!) but I didn't feel they were particularly inventive. I may finish the book at some time, but I may not bother.
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Lorrie Moore is a great writer. I first read her book, Who Will Run The Frog Hospital, and fell completely under her spell. So funny and poignant. I've only read the beginning of this book so far, and her style is still as vibrant.
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Brilliant collection of stories that linger. I found I loved the characters - really liked their quirky ways and I cared about them. I was sorry when I finished this book as I looked forward to opening it each night. I wish more of her work was on Kindle.
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