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Bark - Lorrie Moore

Bark - Lorrie Moore
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Title: Bark

Author:  Lorrie Moore

ISBN:  9780571273904

Weight:  540g

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Bark by Lorrie Moore

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

Bark is a collection of taut, coherent, breathtaking enchantments which – looked at individually and taken together – remind us how only fiction has the real ability to re-create the world, to slant the light and make us see ourselves, and everything around us, as if for the very first time…  Reading these stories is an intense, disquieting, exhilarating experience…  Find a straight half-hour.  Find an hour, or even two.  You will be richly rewarded.

Erica Wagner, Financial Times

No admirer of Moore’s will go away either overloaded or unsatisfied, and it lets us contemplate and savor just what makes her work unique…  Probably no writer since Nabokov has been as language-obsessed as Moore, but while Nabokov saw himself as an enchanter…  Moore is a darker spirit, skeptical of language even as she makes it do tricks…  Beckett, among others, got there before her, but she may be the chief contemporary chronicler of those whose dread makes them unable to turn off the laugh machine.

David Gates, New York Times Book Review

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Title: Bark
Author:
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Book features: Black boards with silver coloured text on spine, white endpapers.
Overall condition: Fine / Very fine – some light pushing to spine ends
Signed: Yes – on the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Awards and prizes: Shortlisted for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9780571273904
ISBN 10: 0571273904
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 192
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 143 x 23mm
First published as
Title: Bark
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Date: 25 February 2014
Country: USA
Language: English
Design Credits
Author photo: Joyce Ravid
Jacket design: Faber

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