Like Life

Like Life


Book - 1990
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InLike Life'seight exquisite stories, Lorrie Moore's characters stumble through their daily existence. These men and women, unsettled and adrift and often frightened, can't quite understand how they arrived at their present situations. Harry has been reworking a play for years in his apartment near Times Square in New York. Jane is biding her time at a cheese shop in a Midwest mall. Dennis, unhappily divorced, buries himself in self-help books about healthful food and healthy relationships. One prefers to speak on the phone rather than face his friends, another lets the answering machine do all the talking. But whether rejected, afraid to commit, bored, disillusioned or just misunderstood, even the most hard-bitten are not without some abiding trust in love. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990
ISBN: 9780394581019
Characteristics: 178 p


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Aug 16, 2016

Lorrie Moore's short stories never seem to have a point. As a voracious fiction reader, this bothered me at first. Why doesn't she say clearly what we should be getting out of each story? Over time, I've learned to appreciate the ambiguity. Moore's stories read like (exceedingly well written) tales from a nursing home. You don't really know the point, but they're lovely to hear.

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