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A New York Times Notable BookA Washington Post Notable BookA Best Book of the Year: San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Financial Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, BookPage Heartbreaking. . . . Mordantly funny. . . . Takes us on a rare flight of self-transcendence. . . . Moments of recognition bring jolts like electric shocks. The New York Review of Books Wonderful. . . . Masterful. . . . Profound. . . . Not a single false note. USA Today [Moore] deftly paints with negative space, releasing tremendous poignancy. . . . A vibrant and nimble display of Moore s signature wit. San Francisco Chronicle Ms Moore s writing glides. She describes the mundane with precision and grace. . . .Bark simultaneously honours and regrets the messiness of human relationships. Ms Moore is like one of her characters: sternness in one eye and gentleness in the other. The Economist One of the finest short story writers in the country. Los Angeles Review of Books [Moore s] writing contains multitudes, mixed in exacting proportions, which is to say: this potpourri is utterly and totally unique. . . . There really is no one quite like her. The New Republic Lorrie Moore still dazzles. . . . These powerfully, almost savagely, human stories shine with a spirit of playfulness and the logic of love. O, The Oprah Magazine

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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.

Reviews

A Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize Finalist"Uncanny. . . . Moving. . . . A powerful collection." --The Washington Post "Moore's one of the country's most admired writers. . . . [Bark] shows off a true advance of Moore's powers and offers some first-rate reading pleasure." --NPR "[Bark is] a book to which people will refer back to understand life as we lived it in the past ten years." --Salon "Her stories, her stories, are perfect." --Slate "Here is why one reads Moore: the terse, true polish of her emotional wisdom." --The Boston Globe "Probably no writer since Nabokov has been as language-obsessed as Moore. . . . [Bark] lets us contemplate and savor just what makes her work unique." --The New York Times Book Review (cover) "Irresistible." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "100% brilliant, as usual. . . . Moore has come to enjoy the unusual distinction of being just about the darkest light writer around. Unhappiness, heartbreak, illness, grief, disappointment--who'd have thought they could be so much fun?" --Geoff Dyer, The Observer (London) "Extraordinary. . . . Moore's construction of a sentence, a paragraph, a page, is rarely less than exhilarating. . . . There is a moral nobility to Moore's assertion that even the least brilliant of lives deserve to be brilliantly documented. . . . Moore does not make us feel better; she hurts us. But she hurts us in vital, generous ways, and it is testament to the brilliance of her writing that we let her." --The Times Literary Supplement (London) "If you adore Lorrie Moore, as so many of us do, you'll find much to enjoy in her new collection. . . . All the sparkly balls are in play--puns, politics, pop culture details, sometimes all at once." --Newsday "If you had to criticize one thing about Lorrie Moore--and I don't know why you would, because she's awesome--it might be that her humor and her world-weary sense of the absurd are almost too distinctive. . . . But I don't have the heart to really complain about any of this: I've been addicted to Moore's voice for a long time now and want more, not less, of it." --Entertainment Weekly "Laugh-out-loud funny. . . . Reading the stories one after another is a reminder of her uncanny ability to sum up, in a sentence or two, the truths that might take a lifetime to grasp." --Houston Chronicle "Lorrie Moore's writing is strange and wonderful. It should be among anyone's top reasons for being alive." --PopMatters "A vital work of literature." --Electric Literature A Frank O Connor International Short Story Prize Finalist Uncanny. . . . Moving. . . . A powerful collection. The Washington Post Moore s one of the country s most admired writers. . . . [Bark] shows off a true advance of Moore s powers and offers some first-rate reading pleasure. NPR [Bark is] a book to which people will refer back to understand life as we lived it in the past ten years. Salon Her stories, her stories, are perfect. Slate Here is why one reads Moore: the terse, true polish of her emotional wisdom. The Boston Globe Probably no writer since Nabokov has been as language-obsessed as Moore. . . . [Bark] lets us contemplate and savor just what makes her work unique. The New York Times Book Review (cover) Irresistible. Minneapolis Star Tribune 100% brilliant, as usual. . . . Moore has come to enjoy the unusual distinction of being just about the darkest light writer around. Unhappiness, heartbreak, illness, grief, disappointment who d have thought they could be so much fun? Geoff Dyer, The Observer (London) Extraordinary. . . . Moore s construction of a sentence, a paragraph, a page, is rarely less than exhilarating. . . . There is a moral nobility to Moore s assertion that even the least brilliant of lives deserve to be brilliantly documented. . . . Moore does not make us feel better; she hurts us. But she hurts us in vital, generous ways, and it is testament to the brilliance of her writing that we let her. The Times Literary Supplement(London) If you adore Lorrie Moore, as so many of us do, you ll find much to enjoy in her new collection. . . . All the sparkly balls are in play puns, politics, pop culture details, sometimes all at once. Newsday If you had to criticize one thing about Lorrie Moore and I don t know why you would, because she s awesome it might be that her humor and her world-weary sense of the absurd are almost too distinctive. . . . But I don t have the heart to really complain about any of this: I ve been addicted to Moore s voice for a long time now and want more, not less, of it. Entertainment Weekly Laugh-out-loud funny. . . .Reading the stories one after another is a reminder of her uncanny ability to sum up, in a sentence or two, the truths that might take a lifetime to grasp. Houston Chronicle Lorrie Moore s writing is strange and wonderful. It should be among anyone s top reasons for being alive. PopMatters A vital work of literature. Electric Literature" A Frank O Connor International Short Story Prize Finalist Uncanny. . . . Moving. . . . A powerful collection. "The Washington Post" Moore s one of the country s most admired writers. . . . ["Bark"] shows off a true advance of Moore s powers and offers some first-rate reading pleasure. NPR ["Bark" is] a book to which people will refer back to understand life as we lived it in the past ten years. "Salon" Her stories, her stories, are perfect. "Slate" Here is why one reads Moore: the terse, true polish of her emotional wisdom. "The Boston Globe" Probably no writer since Nabokov has been as language-obsessed as Moore. . . . ["Bark"] lets us contemplate and savor just what makes her work unique. "The New York Times Book Review "(cover) Irresistible. "Minneapolis Star Tribune" 100% brilliant, as usual. . . . Moore has come to enjoy the unusual distinction of being just about the darkest light writer around. Unhappiness, heartbreak, illness, grief, disappointment who d have thought they could be so much fun? Geoff Dyer, "The Observer" (London) Extraordinary. . . . Moore s construction of a sentence, a paragraph, a page, is rarely less than exhilarating. . . . There is a moral nobility to Moore s assertion that even the least brilliant of lives deserve to be brilliantly documented. . . . Moore does not make us feel better; she hurts us. But she hurts us in vital, generous ways, and it is testament to the brilliance of her writing that we let her. "The Times Literary Supplement"(London) If you adore Lorrie Moore, as so many of us do, you ll find much to enjoy in her new collection. . . . All the sparkly balls are in play puns, politics, pop culture details, sometimes all at once. "Newsday" If you had to criticize one thing about Lorrie Moore and I don t know why you would, because she s awesome it might be that her humor and her world-weary sense of the absurd are almost too distinctive. . . . But I don t have the heart to really complain about any of this: I ve been addicted to Moore s voice for a long time now and want more, not less, of it. "Entertainment Weekly" Laugh-out-loud funny. . . .Reading the stories one after another is a reminder of her uncanny ability to sum up, in a sentence or two, the truths that might take a lifetime to grasp. "Houston Chronicle" Lorrie Moore s writing is strange and wonderful. It should be among anyone s top reasons for being alive. "PopMatters" A vital work of literature. "Electric Literature"" A Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize Finalist "Uncanny. . . . Moving. . . . A powerful collection." --"The Washington Post" "Moore's one of the country's most admired writers. . . . ["Bark"] shows off a true advance of Moore's powers and offers some first-rate reading pleasure." --NPR "["Bark" is] a book to which people will refer back to understand life as we lived it in the past ten years." --"Salon" "Her stories, her stories, are perfect." --"Slate" "Here is why one reads Moore: the terse, true polish of her emotional wisdom." --"The Boston Globe" "Probably no writer since Nabokov has been as language-obsessed as Moore. . . . ["Bark"] lets us contemplate and savor just what makes her work unique." --"The New York Times Book Review "(cover) "Irresistible." --"Minneapolis Star Tribune" "100% brilliant, as usual. . . . Moore has come to enjoy the unusual distinction of being just about the darkest light writer around. Unhappiness, heartbreak, illness, grief, disappointment--who'd have thought they could be so much fun?" --Geoff Dyer, "The Observer" (London) "Extraordinary. . . . Moore's construction of a sentence, a paragraph, a page, is rarely less than exhilarating. . . . There is a moral nobility to Moore's assertion that even the least brilliant of lives deserve to be brilliantly documented. . . .Moore does not make us feel better; she hurts us. But she hurts us in vital, generous ways, and it is testament to the brilliance of her writing that we let her." --"The Times Literary Supplement" (London) "If you adore Lorrie Moore, as so many of us do, you'll find much to enjoy in her new collection. . . . All the sparkly balls are in play--puns, politics, pop culture details, sometimes all at once." --"Newsday" "If you had to criticize one thing about Lorrie Moore--and I don't know why you would, because she's awesome--it might be that her humor and her world-weary sense of the absurd are almost too distinctive. . . . But I don't have the heart to really complain about any of this: I've been addicted to Moore's voice for a long time now and want more, not less, of it." --"Entertainment Weekly" "Laugh-out-loud funny. . . . Reading the stories one after another is a reminder of her uncanny ability to sum up, in a sentence or two, the truths that might take a lifetime to grasp." --"Houston Chronicle" "Lorrie Moore's writing is strange and wonderful. It should be among anyone's top reasons for being alive." --"PopMatters" "A vital work of literature." --"Electric Literature"

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