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The Faber Book of Contemporary Stories about Childhood Paperback – 5 Jan 1998
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About the Author
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.
Top customer reviews
There is a strength and a suppleness to almost all of the writing here - the editor, Lorrie Moore, one of America's best short story writers, has a very sure ear for what reads strongly and sympathetically on the page. There is no sentimentality or mawkishness about childhood in this collection.
Perhaps my favourite story in this collection is Charles D'Ambrosio's perfect and moving story about a young boy who is given the job of making sure his mother's drunken friends get home safely from her innumerable parties, along the beach front where they are living. It so clearly expresses the tolerance and forgiving wisdom of children when faced with the horrendous mistakes made by adults in the grip of alcohol. It is also very, very funny.
Few of these stories seemed make-weight, but one from Ben Okri read rather blandly, despite its picture of warring parents, and there were a couple of rather wafty, vague little pieces that never got to grips with their subjects, but the vast majority of them proved a delight to read.