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"Touches and dazzles and entertains. An enchanting novel." --The New York Times

In this moving, poignant novel by the bestselling author of Birds of America we share a grown woman’s bittersweet nostalgia for the wildness of her youth.
 
The summer Berie was fifteen, she and her best friend Sils had jobs at Storyland in upstate New York where Berie sold tickets to see the beautiful Sils portray Cinderella in a strapless evening gown. They spent their breaks smoking, joking, and gossiping. After work they followed their own reckless rules, teasing the fun out of small town life, sleeping in the family station wagon, and drinking borrowed liquor from old mayonnaise jars. But no matter how wild, they always managed to escape any real danger—until the adoring Berie sees that Sils really does need her help—and then everything changes.
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Lorrie Moore, after many years as a professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is now Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Moore has received honors for her work, among them the Irish Times International Prize for Literature and a Lannan Foundation fellowship, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award for her achievement in the short story. Her novel A Gate at the Stairs was shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction and for the PEN/Faulkner Award.
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Publisher
Vintage
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Published on
Feb 29, 2012
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Pages
160
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ISBN
9780307816900
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Literary
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This content is DRM protected.
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Lorrie Moore
Najnowszy zbiór opowiadań jednej z najbardziej lubianych i podziwianych autorek krótkiej formy. Lorrie Moore przywołuje nieuniknione smutki i komiczne pułapki życia. Oto ludzie udręczeni, uciemiężeni, uwiązani: jedni utrzymują się na powierzchni dzięki nastoletnim dzieciom, drudzy obsesyjnie randkują po rozwodzie, inni mierzą się z poważną chorobą wieloletniego przyjaciela, jeszcze inni nie dochowują wierności swoim marzeniom. Kora to opowiadania, których bohaterowie muszą zaryzykować radykalną życiową zmianę, byle tylko spełniło się ich pragnienie bycia w związku – z kimkolwiek.

Przenikliwe spostrzeżenia obyczajowe, publiczne i prywatne absurdy życia, dramatyczna ironia i lekko szalona miłość przewijają się przez wszystkie opowiadania w niepokojącym miszmaszu tragedii i komedii – to połączenie jest znakiem firmowym prozy Lorrie Moore.

Lorrie Moore - Mistrzyni opowiadań, bardzo znana i ceniona w Ameryce. Wieloletnia wykładowczyni kreatywnego pisania na University of Wisconsin-Madison, obecnie profesor na wydziale anglistyki Vanderbilt University. Jej książki zostały uhonorowane licznymi nagrodami, m.in. Irish Times International Prize for Literature, PEN/Malamud Award i Rea Award.

„Jedna z 10 najlepszych książek 2014”
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„Za pięćdziesiąt lat może się okazać, że o tym, jak wyglądało życie w naszych czasach, opowiadają utwory bardzo nielicznych autorów. Lorrie Moore z pewnością będzie się do nich zaliczać.”
Harper’s Magazine
Lorrie Moore
A welcome surprise: more than fifty prose pieces, gathered together for the first time, by one of America's most revered and admired novelists and short-story writers, whose articles, essays, and cultural commentary--appearing in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Harper's Magazine, and elsewhere--have been parsing the political, artistic, and media idiom for the last three decades.

From Lorrie Moore's earliest reviews of novels by Margaret Atwood and Nora Ephron, to an essay on Ezra Edelman's 2016 O.J. Simpson documentary, and in between: Moore on the writing of fiction (the work of V. S. Pritchett, Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Munro, Stanley Elkin, Dawn Powell, Nicholson Baker, et al.) . . . on the continuing unequal state of race in America . . . on the shock of the shocking GOP . . . on the dangers (and cruel truths) of celebrity marriages and love affairs . . . on the wilds of television (The Wire, Friday Night Lights, Into the Abyss, Girls, Homeland, True Detective, Making a Murderer) . . . on the (d)evolving environment . . . on terrorism, the historical imagination, and the world's newest form of novelist . . . on the lesser (and larger) lives of biography and the midwifery between art and life (Anaïs Nin, Marilyn Monroe, John Cheever, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eudora Welty, Bernard Malamud, among others) . . . and on the high art of being Helen Gurley Brown . . . and much, much more.
"Fifty years from now, it may well turn out that the work of very few American writers has as much to say about what it means to be alive in our time as that of Lorrie Moore" (Harper's Magazine).
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