Bark (Hardback)
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Bark (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 06/03/2014
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A literary moment and celebration - a new collection by one of America's most beloved and admired short story writers; her first in fifteen years, since Birds of America In these eight masterful stories, Lorrie Moore, explores the passage of time, and summons up its inevitable sorrows and comic pitfalls. In 'Debarking', a newly divorced man tries to keep his wits about him as the US prepares to invade Iraq. In 'Foes', a political argument goes grotesquely awry as the events of 9/11 unexpectedly manifest at a fundraising dinner in Georgetown. In 'The Juniper Tree', a teacher, visited by the ghost of her recently deceased friend, is forced to sing 'The Star Spangled Banner' in a kind of nightmare reunion. And in 'Wings', we watch the unraveling of two once-hopeful musicians, who neither held fast to their dreams, nor struck out along other paths. Gimlet-eyed social observation, the public and private absurdities of American life, dramatic irony, and enduring half-cracked love wend their way through each of these narratives, in Moore's characteristic style that is always tender, never sentimental and often heartbreakingly funny.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571273904
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 222 x 143 x 19 mm
Edition: Main

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“One of the best short story writers alive.”

This collection is chock full of the customary wit and word play with which Moore sugars cynicism and darkness. She's a writer of substance and Bark highlights her depth and importance.

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“A master of the American Short Story”

Humorous, poignant, sharp, sentimental and surprising, each story is a like peeling back the rooftop of a suburban household and peeking at what's really going on inside. Illuminates all of the cupboards you... More

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