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Bark

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Moore, Lorrie (Book - 2014 )
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In these eight masterful stories, Lorrie Moore, in a perfect blend of craft and bewitched spirit, explores the passage of time and summons up its inevitable sorrows and hilarious pitfalls to reveal her own exquisite, singular wisdom. In "Debarking," a newly divorced man tries to keep his wits about him as the United States prepares to invade Iraq, and against this ominous moment, we see--in all its irresistible hilarity and darkness--the perils of divorce and what can follow in its wake. In "Foes," a political argument goes grotesquely awry as the events of 9/11 unexpectedly manifest at a fund-raising 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 as Moore deftly depicts the intricacies of dead ends and the workings of regret
Authors: Moore, Lorrie
Uniform Title: Short stories. Selections
Title: Bark
stories
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2014.
Edition: First Edition.
Characteristics: 192 pages ;,22 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "This is a Borzoi Book."
Contents: Debarking
The juniper tree
Paper losses
Foes
Wings
Referential
Subject to search
Thank you for having me.
Summary: In these eight masterful stories, Lorrie Moore, in a perfect blend of craft and bewitched spirit, explores the passage of time and summons up its inevitable sorrows and hilarious pitfalls to reveal her own exquisite, singular wisdom. In "Debarking," a newly divorced man tries to keep his wits about him as the United States prepares to invade Iraq, and against this ominous moment, we see--in all its irresistible hilarity and darkness--the perils of divorce and what can follow in its wake. In "Foes," a political argument goes grotesquely awry as the events of 9/11 unexpectedly manifest at a fund-raising 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 as Moore deftly depicts the intricacies of dead ends and the workings of regret
Local Note: 1 6 9 15 16 17 18 35 37 53 60 76 97 109 118 127 133 143 148 149 150 152 159 160 167 172 173 175 182 203 210 211 216 222 226 228 231 242 243 245 264 268 276
Additional Contributors: Moore, Lorrie
ISBN: 9780307594136
0307594130
Statement of Responsibility: Lorrie Moore
Subject Headings: Short stories, American. United States Social life and customs 21st century Fiction.
Genre/Form: Short stories.
Topical Term: Short stories, American.
LCCN: 2013014777
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Jun 20, 2014
  • rowanquincy rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

What a dreary book! I only made it halfway through before I gave up on it and this author.

May 04, 2014
  • okbookgirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant stories by one our best contemporary writers. These contain humour and heartbreak in equal measure. Moore writes of lives that are sometimes dismaying and sometimes heartening, often within minutes. Moore is both a keen observer and a master storyteller.

"Though the characters in the eight short stories in this collection may be struggling through troubled lives -- whether dealing with divorce or failed careers or mental illness -- they do so with humour, intelligence, and a robust sense of irony. Their situations are realistic and perceptively depicted, sometimes uncomfortably so. The stories vary in length; some are set around distinct political events in the recent past (the invasion of Iraq, President Obama's election), but through them all author Lorrie Moore "brilliantly observes the dead-on sorrow and hilarity of our day-to-day" (MORE magazine)." Fiction A to Z April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/dfef437d-ef88-41c9-a7e1-229a907a8f88?postId=8ed16493-2fe1-4059-b706-6d0ff80212e7

Apr 09, 2014
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although Lorrie Moore fans will have likely already encountered many of the eight stories that comprise her latest collection (four appeared in "The New Yorker"), familiarity does not, in Moore's case, breed contempt. Her opening story, "Debarking," (first published in 2003) for example, in which the newly divorced Ira begins a relationship with a quasi-insane pediatrician, Zora, as U.S. troops muster to invade Iraq, collides past with present. Time has added a layer of dramatic irony to a masterpiece of a story, creating a devastating feeling in the heart of the reader.

"Debarking" shines as the collection's hit: linguistic wit and slapstick comedy couple with sad moments of solitude in the face of war and culminate in a shockingly perfect ending. But each story in "Bark" recommends itself. The longest of the bunch, “Wings,” depicts the uneven relationship between KC and Dench and invites readers to ponder the dangers of co-dependence, the nature of time and the worth of marriage's daily absurdities. In "Referential," the collection's dark horse, a mother and her ex-boyfriend, Pete, visit her institutionalized, suicidal son on his 16th birthday. The story does not impress or satisfy as instantly as the others but it may leave the biggest impression, haunting the reader long after its end.

A deftly wrought variety of stories that collude hilarity and heartbreak.

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Mar 29, 2014
  • vickiz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

... the high branches nuzzling in the late March breeze, speaking tree to tree of the thrilling weather.

Mar 29, 2014
  • vickiz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Why March? How about a month named Skip? That could work.

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