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A Gate at the Stairs - Lorrie Moore
A Gate at the Stairs
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In her best-selling story collection, Birds of America (“[it] will stand by itself as one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability” —James McManus, front page of The New York Times Book Review), Lorrie Moore wrote about the disconnect between men and women, about... show more
In her best-selling story collection, Birds of America (“[it] will stand by itself as one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability” —James McManus, front page of The New York Times Book Review), Lorrie Moore wrote about the disconnect between men and women, about the precariousness of women on the edge, and about loneliness and loss.Now, in her dazzling new novel—her first in more than a decade—Moore turns her eye on the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, on the insidiousness of racism, the blind-sidedness of war, and the recklessness thrust on others in the name of love.As the United States begins gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the Midwestern daughter of a gentleman hill farmer—his “Keltjin potatoes” are justifiably famous—has come to a university town as a college student, her brain on fire with Chaucer, Sylvia Plath, Simone de Beauvoir.Between semesters, she takes a job as a part-time nanny.The family she works for seems both mysterious and glamorous to her, and although Tassie had once found children boring, she comes to care for, and to protect, their newly adopted little girl as her own.As the year unfolds and she is drawn deeper into each of these lives, her own life back home becomes ever more alien to her: her parents are frailer; her brother, aimless and lost in high school, contemplates joining the military. Tassie finds herself becoming more and more the stranger she felt herself to be, and as life and love unravel dramatically, even shockingly, she is forever changed.This long-awaited new novel by one of the most heralded writers of the past two decades is lyrical, funny, moving, and devastating; Lorrie Moore’s most ambitious book to date—textured, beguiling, and wise.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780375409288 (0375409289)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 322
Edition language: English
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sarah
sarah rated it
2.0 Lorrie Moore: A Gate at the Stairs
There was so much I didn't like about this book. First, I couldn't decide if the characters' shtick was supposed to be actually funny, or just a sad attempt to paper over really serious situations with terrible comedic references and puns. Second, I couldn't decide if the conversations about race we...
Ellinor's Litventures
Ellinor's Litventures rated it
1.0
This is the first time I had to rate a book from the 1001 list only one star. A Gate at the Stairs is entirely senseless and completely pseudo-intelectual - the latter one being something I absolutely despise. Before reading this book I had of course seen that it had received very mixed reviews. But...
natassaki
natassaki rated it
Ένα ενδιαφέρον βιβλίο, που αξίζει να διαβάσει κανείς. Γραμμένο με χιούμορ, με απίθανους συνδυασμούς λέξεων, έναν εντελώς ιδιαίτερο τρόπο γραφής. Σ' αφήνει με σκέψεις, και νομίζω πως αυτός ήταν κι ο στόχος της Lorrie Moore. Πολλά μπράβο για την έξυπνη, ευρηματική μετάφραση της Μαργαρίτας Ζαχαριάδου.
Constantly Moving the Bookmark
Constantly Moving the Bookmark rated it
2.0 A Gate at the Stairs
Tassie Keltjin is a college student who has led a fairly sheltered life. She grew up on a farm so never really held a real job, but now she needs to earn a little money and accepts a position as a nanny. Strangely, she is hired before the child, to be adopted, has arrived. Against her better judg...
madbkwm
madbkwm rated it
So I picked up this book because it was on a list somewhere and that is how I find most books. About 25 pages in I started to think...huh, this is in WI so Troy has to be a version of Madison. Well then for the rest of the book (as someone who lives in Madison), I tried to decide if it really was or...
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